US retailer Publix has announced plans to divest its Pix convenience chain as part of plans to focus on its core supermarket operations.

Publix said today (23 October) that Circle K Stores, a subsidiary of French retailer Couche-Tard, will purchase 13 sites of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia. Family-owned Max Arnold & Sons will purchase the site located in Tennessee. 

Publix began testing the Pix fuel/c-store concept in 2001. However, the company said the sale followed an evaluation of the business, including the products and services it offers.

“The sale of Pix locations gives us the ability to remain passionately focused on our core business, our customers and the products and services we offer within our grocery retail environment," said CEO Ed Crenshaw.

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Publix to Sell 14 PIX Locations

LAKELAND, Fla., Oct. 22, 2013— Publix Super Markets Inc. announced its decision to sell PIX, the fuel/C-store concept it began testing in 2001. Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., will purchase 13 sites of which 11 are located in Florida and two in Georgia, and Max Arnold & Sons, LLC, a family-owned company located in Hopkinsville, KY that has been in operation for more than 60 years, will purchase the site located in Tennessee. 

“We consistently evaluate our business, including the products and services we choose to offer our customers,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “The sale of PIX locations gives us the ability to remain passionately focused on our core business, our customers and the products and services we offer within our grocery retail environment. ” 

The company will help the approximately 120 PIX associates find employment within Publix comparable to their current positions. 

Original source: Publix