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Publix Super Markets said yesterday that it will sell 13 PIX fuel/c-store units in Florida and Georgia that it began testing a dozen years ago, to Circle K Stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

One other PIX store, in Tennessee, will be sold to family-owned Max Arnold & Sons.

"We consistently evaluate our business, including the products and services we choose to offer our customers," Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said in a prepared statement. "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."
KC's View:
Twelve years? Can't say that Publix didn't give it a shot...