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Topaz takeover ‘a game-changer’ for Ireland’s retail sector

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Topaz takeover ‘a game-changer’ for Ireland’s retail sector

Topaz takeover ‘a game-changer’ for Ireland’s retail sector
December 03
15:57 2015

Largest Irish convenience and fuel retailer, Topaz Energy Group, is to be acquired by the publicly quoted Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard.

The two companies signed an agreement today that will lead to the acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Ltd together with linked companies Resource Property Investment Fund plc and the recently-acquired Esso Ireland Ltd.

The transaction is expected to close in Spring 2016, subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

Emmet O’Neill, Chief Executive of Topaz, described the transaction as a “game changer’ for the retail sector in Ireland. He said, “Couche-Tard is one of the strongest names in retail in the world and their presence in Ireland will transform the retail sector here. I am thrilled that they have chosen Topaz as the foundation for their entry to the Irish market. They will bring enormous skill, energy and resources to this business and this market.”

Couche-Tard has approximately 15,000 sites across its network in North America, Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, the Baltics and Russia), Asia and the Middle East.

Approximately 100,000 people are employed in its network across the world.

Topaz includes 464 service stations, 162 of which are company owned and a commercial fuels operation with over 30 depots, employing more than 2,000 people across the island of Ireland.

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