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North Main Circle K convenience store location closes

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The Circle K store has chosen not to renew its lease at North Main Street and Berrendo Road, said a corporate spokesperson. The company has 82 other stores in New Mexico. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Circle K convenience store at North Main Street and Berrendo Road is closing.

On Tuesday, “closed” signs could be seen on the doors, a moving van was parked in front and the nozzles of gas pumps were covered.

A man at the store chose not to answer questions and referred inquiries to the corporate office.

A communications director for the public company, when asked about the timing of the closing, said in an email, “this month, January.”

“Our lease expired at that location and we simply chose not to renew,” said Lisa Koenig, North American director of global communications. “Circle K will continue to operate our other 82 locations in New Mexico.”

Koenig said the corporation remains open to the possibility of having a store in Roswell in the future.

“At Circle K, we are always looking for the best opportunities and locations to serve our customers and will continue to do so in Roswell and across New Mexico,” she said.

Koenig chose not to release information regarding employees affected and said that the company is committed to growing in New Mexico.

Circle K is one brand of an international publicly traded corporation based in Quebec, Canada, known as Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

According to an announcement concerning its second-quarter 2019 results, for the 12-week period ended Oct. 14, there were 12,701 convenience store locations worldwide, including 9,678 company-operated stores. Circle K is its global brand, but the company also owns and operates Kangaroo Express stores in the United States. In Canada, its brands include Couche-Tard and Mac’s. In Europe, its brands include Topaz and Ingo. It also operates in 14 international territories outside Europe under licensing agreements.

The company earned $2.2 billion in gross profits and reported a 4.4 percent increase in U.S. revenues for the second quarter of 2018.

Chaves County property records indicate that the convenience store, as well as a now-vacant business office next to the store, are owned by SG National LLC of New York City.