First Bank System Inc. last week signaled its commitment to be a full-service provider to merchants and retailers by agreeing to install 1,100 automated teller machines in Circle K convenience stores.

Industry observers say the rollout will be one of the largest in the country. "This puts them up there in terms of overall numbers of ATMs and cash dispensers," said Alan Pohlman, a partner with the consulting firm Carmody & Bloom Inc., Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

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