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Three Stop-N-Go Stores Permanently Closing in Casey's Transition

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People in the Fargo-Moorhead area will start noticing some changes to area Stop-N-Go stores. Starting Tuesday, the closing process is underway at the 24 Stop-N-Go stores bought by Casey's General Store, according to Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer Bill Walljasper.

In the next two weeks, people around the Fargo-Moorhead area will start to see the Stop-N-Go signs changing to Casey's. Three stores won't re-open, including one in Wahpeton, one in Fergus Falls and one on 12th Avenue North in Fargo.  Walljasper says the stores are closing for a variety of different reasons.

"In one case we have one of our other Casey's stores in close proximity to the Stop-N-Go, I believe that was the case in Fergus Falls," Walljasper explains.  "To operate those two stores in such close proximity just wouldn't be very efficient."

Walljasper adds that the location of the current store in Wahpeton isn't ideal, but they want to open a Casey's in the area long-term. He says they are excited about that community [Wahpeton] and are actively seeking to purchase land, or another building. Walljasper said the same goes for the north Fargo location, it just wasn't ideal with the Casey's plan.

The current employees at Stop-N-Go will have opportunities to get a job at Casey's if they wish. "We always look for opportunities to retain the employees at our current stores, that seems to be the best transition for us, at least that's what we've had in the past," Walljasper explains.

The branding signage isn't the only thing that 's going to change. Over the next six to ten months, construction is happening at the new Casey's locations.  Kitchens are being added to all the stores where employees will make fresh pizza and donuts, along with made-to-order subs.

Another good piece of news in this transition, Walljasper says you'll still be able to get the "best buns in town" that Stop-N-Go is known for.

"We're excited about that actually because there may be an opportunity to expand that type of concept in more of our stores outside of that particular region," Walljasper said.

Now is the time to use any coupons, gift cards or car washes specific to Stop-N-Go. G
ift cards will be taken as long as the store is still a Stop-n-go, once Casey’s opens it as their store, they will not be able to process the gift cards. Valid 2014 car wash coupons will be accepted until December 31, 2014. After that date they will not be accepted or exchanged.

ORIGINAL STORY

A big move for Casey's General Stores. It was announced on Wednesday that they signed an agreement to purchase two dozen Stop-N-Go locations. Of the 24 stores, twenty are in North Dakota and four are located in Minnesota.

The President and CEO of Casey's, Robert Myers, says the Iowa-based company will be looking for more opportunities to expand in the midwest.

"We hope this acquisition serves as a springboard for more Casey's locations in the area as we continue to look for opportunities to build and buy stores in the upper Midwest."

Myers continues, "We are excited about the opportunity to acquire the Stop-n-Go chain as they are a well-managed and established group of stores in a relatively new market area for Casey's," said Robert Myers, President and CEO.

The acquisition is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, including the Company's receipt of satisfactory inspection reports related to the stores. The transaction is expected to close in May 2014, and will be funded by a combination of existing cash and operating cash flow.
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