Becker's

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The Becker Milk Company Ltd.
Public
Traded asTSXBEK.B
FateAssets sold to Mac's Convenience Stores in 1996
Name and products retired in 1999 & 2006 respectively
SuccessorsName revived in November 2013
Founded1957 (1957)
FounderFrank Bazos (1901-1994)[1]
Headquarters,
Canada
Area served
Southern Ontario
Key people
Frank Anthony Bazos, co-founder, Robert W. Lowe Sr., co-founder
ProductsReal estate

Becker's is a Canadian chain of independent convenience stores selling products of Alimentation Couche-Tard company. The original Becker Milk Company was founded in 1957 in Toronto, Ontario. The chain grew from 5 to 500 stores and was sold in 2006 to Alimentation Couche-Tard. The company converted the company-owned stores to Mac's Milk and later to Circle K, leaving a remnant of affiliate Becker's stores. Starting in 2013, Alimentation Couche-Tard began expanding the affiliate program. There are now over 40 stores in Ontario.[2]

Convenience stores[edit]

Becker's Milk was a franchised chain of convenience stores in Ontario, Canada. The company had over 500 stores, owned 74 retail stores and 91 franchised locations before being sold to Mac's Convenience Stores. The founders of Beckers were Frank Bazos and Robert W. Lowe Sr.

The Ultramar gas station sign displaying the Becker's logo of the store located at the station in Kingston, Ontario.

Dairy[edit]

Becker Milk products included stored branded items:

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Fruit Juices
  • Soda Pop (cola, grape, cream soda, ginger ale, lime, root beer)
  • Popsicles (chocolate, banana)
  • Ice Cream
  • Jungle Joose

Rush[edit]

The progressive rock group Rush listed Becker's Chocolate Milk in the "Special Thanks" section on many of their albums.

Asset sale to Silcorp[edit]

The assets of Becker's were acquired by Silcorp, parent company of rival Mac's Convenience Stores in November 1996. Becker's continues operation as a property owner. Silcorp was acquired by Alimentation Couche-Tard in April 1999. Since that merger, the Becker's name has been retired, as Couche-Tard focuses on its core Mac's banner. The Becker's flower is now part of the Daisy Mart banner, an independent network of stores affiliated with Mac's in Ontario.

Milk products under the Becker's trade name were sold in Becker's, Mac's, Mike's Mart, and Winks locations until May 2006.

Rebirth[edit]

Becker's in Hamilton, Ontario, opened in March 2017.

In November 2013, an Oakville, Ontario Mac's store was converted to the Becker's banner, including street-facing signs, and window clings. The store carries the Circle K brands, such as Frosters slush drinks.[citation needed]

A partial list of remaining or recently opened Becker's stores includes the following locations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/197295775/frank-bazos
  2. ^ "Where It All Began". mybeckers.ca. Beckers Convenience Stores. Retrieved February 21, 2020.

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