Canadian convenience-store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has signed an agreement in principle to purchase a network of 12 stores from Bruce Miller Oil Company (ten fee-owned locations and two supply dealer accounts) in Southeastern Indiana and the Cincinnati Metro Area in Ohio. Quebec-based Couche-Tard is already the ninth-largest convenience retailer in the US, and the acquisition will thereby increase its presence in the US Midwest where it has been active in three states since acquiring Johnson Oil Co in June 2001.