Responsible Retailing

Responsible Retailing

Being a responsible retailer of age restricted products is a deeply engrained philosophy at Circle K.

In fact. Circle K has led the industry in responsible retailing by being the first convenience store retailer to put all tobacco products behind the counter, out of the reach of underage buyers.

Circle K was also the first retailer to adopt the use of electronic age verifiers in all stores. These devices simplify the process of confirming the validity of an ID. The devices also reduce the chance of human error in calculating the purchaser's age by displaying it automatically for our clerks.

New store employees receive training before they begin working at Circle K, including how to recognize fake IDs and how to refuse a sale. Circle K’s policy is to ask for proper identification from anyone who looks 30 or younger.

Our employees also receive training on the sale of age-restricted products from the national We Card Coalition for Responsible Retailing, and every store receives materials and signage to assist in deterring underage buyers.

In addition, Circle K has an extremely high pass rate for audits conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has agreed to voluntary compliance with over 40 States' Attorneys General (AVC). Further, along with its policies and procedures pertaining to restricted sales, Circle K has retained an external auditing company to shop its stores to assure that employees comply with those laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to underage customers.

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