Circle K’s success in the convenience retailing industry spans more than 60 years. Our roots trace back to 1951 when Fred Hervey purchased three Kay’s Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Little did anyone know that these stores would serve as the beginning of Circle K.
During the early years, Hervey’s enterprising spirit enabled the company to make its mark in the southwestern part of the United States. He grew the Circle K chain into neighboring New Mexico and Arizona.
During the next few decades, Circle K grew its retail network through a series of acquisitions, which were incorporated into the Circle K brand. By 1975, there were 1,000 Circle K stores across the U.S. In 1979, Circle K entered the international market when a licensing agreement established the first Circle K stores in Japan. The company’s growth continued and, by 1984, sales had reached $1 billion.
In 1999, a franchise program was introduced to support operators looking to build a business with a leading convenience store brand. In 2003, Circle K was acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard and has developed into a global brand represented in over 20 countries.
Circle K has become one of the most widely recognized convenience store brands, known worldwide for quality products and great customer service. We have come a long way since our humble beginnings, and we’re proud of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
Awarded 98 Points from Cigar & Spirits Magazine (September/October 2014) and voted the #1 Best Selling Vodka by Drink International’s 50 Best Bars Brand Report – 2016, Ketel One is a vodka appreciated by many.
Using carefully selected European wheat and a combination of modern and traditional distilling techniques, we produce an exceptional product, both crisp to taste and soft on finish. Here, the 4Fs – Fragrance, Flavor, Feel and Finish – help to define what makes Ketel One Vodka so unique.
WHO IS LYNX?
Founded in 1996 and based in Downey, California just outside Los Angeles, Lynx is a designer and craft-grade, manufacturer of made in the USA premium grills and outdoor kitchen equipment. We only focus on the outdoor grilling experience.
Our customers look for exceptional design, flawless performance and unmatched innovation. They feature their Lynx Grills in some of the most ambitious, expansive and beautifully designed outdoor kitchens, patios and decks. And because we use ASTM 304-grade stainless steel, quite often, that deck can even be the main deck of an elite yacht.
Lynx offerings include freestanding cart grills, built-in grills, patio heaters, side burners, pizza ovens, storage, refrigeration, sinks, faucets, and other appliances.
WHAT MAKES A LYNX GRILL UNIQUE?
Innovation. Lynx is the recognized pioneer in grill technology and design. Our company culture encourages employees to try new ideas without fear of making mistakes. A Lynx grill is not a typical disposable grill. Listed below are just some Lynx-led innovations that have become brand standards.
- Seamless welded construction
- Hand-polished mirrored edges
- Hot surface ignition system
- Hood assist system that absorbs 95% of the weight of the hood
- Integrated halogen illumination
- Stainless steel grilling grates- limited lifetime warranty
- All stainless steel construction – limited lifetime warranty
- ProSear variable temperature gas infrared burner (Industry unique)
- SmartGrill fly by wire control of electro-mechanical valves
- SmartGrill LED backlit controls
- Dual-position internally powered three speed rotisserie
In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made history when they became the first reigning monarchs to visit Canada, arriving by boat and traveling the vast North American distance by train.
Upon hearing the historic news, a Canadian spirits entrepreneur set out to craft a whisky suited for the Royal Couple – an exceptionally generous gift fit for royalty. With perfection on his mind, he meticulously trialed more than 600 blends before outfitting the final product in a cut-glass decanter and regal purple bag with gold stitching. The whisky he presented to the King and Queen was an exquisitely smooth blend of roughly fifty whiskies which became known, fittingly, as Crown Royal.
The train carrying the monarchs was stocked with 10 cases of the royal blend and rumors of the unrivaled whisky fit for a King quickly spread. Crown Royal was released in the United States in the 1960s and has since become the top selling Canadian whisky.
To this day, every drop of Crown Royal is crafted to meet the same uncompromising standards, making it, to many discerning palates, the finest whisky of all.
The Story of Rocky Patel
In an industry built on name recognition and reputation, Rocky Patel’s passion has brought his brand to heights unseen by most boutique cigar manufacturers. His hard work and long hours have been paying off in big ways. A survivor of the cigar boom, Patel has outlasted his competition with unrivaled persistence on his quest for perfection. With a grueling travel schedule, office responsibilities and production, Rocky still maintains the enthusiasm that he has had since day one. As he travels the world, putting his cigars in the mouths of his consumers, his passion extends beyond the retailer, allowing his customers the experience of meeting the man behind their favorite smokes. Rocky Patel has created a company that has out shined even those created by multimillion dollar corporations, and he’s doing it one customer at a time.