Convenience store major Alimentation Couche-Tard is planning to open 100s of Mac's outlets in metropolitan Toronto over the next few years.

Couche-Tard's vice-president, operations for Ontario, Stephane Gonthier, said that the company expects to open 20-25 outlets per year for the next five years, reported the National Post.

Couche-Tard operates 240 stores from Burlington to Oshawa, compared with 340 in its home base of metropolitan Montreal, an area with just over half the GTA's population. "There's no reason we shouldn't get the same per capita" store count, Mr. Gonthier said, which would imply more than doubling the number of stores in and around Toronto.

The company is the fourth-largest convenience store operator in the US and Canada's third-largest retailer with more than 4,600 outlets under the Bigfoot, Couche-Tard, Dairy Mart, Mac's, and various other banners. Couche-Tard is also Canada's largest convenience store chain. The company recently acquired the Circle K chain in the US.