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On the Run


On the Run is a convenience store brand owned by Alimentation Couche-Tard (ACT), a Canadian convenience store company that also operates Circle K, Couche-Tard and Macs. On the Run, the original brand convenience store launched by Mobil to accompany its gas stations, became the flagship store for Exxon and Mobil stations when the two oil companies merged in 2000. On the Run, beyond the typical fare at other convenience stores, offers fresh snacks, fill-in groceries, health and beauty supplies and quick meal options.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Franchise fee


Most On the Run convenience stores are owned and operated by ACT, but franchises are available. Alimentation Couche-Tard operates more than 9,000 stores internationally and is the second-largest convenience store company in the world. On the Run is a recognized leader in the convenience store industry and has received numerous awards for its broad, customer-oriented inventory and service, guided by the three components: fast, fresh and friendly. On the Run franchises are supported by the Circle K Franchise System.

On the Run Franchise Opportunities – History

On the Run stores were the original convenience store accompanying Mobil stations. The first store opened in Holden, Massachusetts, in 1994. The store brand was so successful that when Mobil and Exxon merged, the powerful oil company chose On the Run over Exxon’s TigerMart to use in all Exxon and Mobil stations. ACT bought the On the Run brand in 2009.

On the Run Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /On the Run Franchise


The initial franchising fee to open an On the Run franchise through the Circle K system is $25,000. The royalty fee to the company is 4.5%; however, if funding from the company is declined, the royalty fee is 3.7%. The total investment is $500,000, with liquid assets available of $100,000.

On the Run Business Opportunities: Other Information

The On the Run name is used untranslated worldwide except in Quebec, where the province’s French-speaking population resisted the use of English, forcing local subsidiaries to retain the name Marche Express.

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