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 U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights
  • The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,535 stores as of December 31, 2016, a 0.2% increase (340 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
  • Overall, 80.1% of convenience stores (123,807 total) sell motor fuels.
  • The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 63.1% of all convenience stores (97,504 stores total).
U.S. Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/16) 
  • 2017 — 154,535 (+0.2%)
  • 2016 — 154,195 (+0.9%)
  • 2015 — 152,794 (+0.9%)
  • 2014 — 151,282 (+1.4%)
  • 2013 — 149,220 (+0.7%)
  • 2012 — 148,126 (+1.2%)
  • 2011 — 146,341 (+1.2%)
  • 2010 — 144,541 (-0.2%)
  • 2009 — 144,875 (-1.0%)
  • 2008 — 146,294 (+0.8%)
  • 2007 — 145,119 (+3.2%)
  • 2006 — 140,655 (+1.8%)
  • 2005 — 138,205 (+5.8%)
  • 2004 — 130,659 (-1.3%)
  • 2003 — 132,424 (+6.4%)
Top States for Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/16)
  1. Texas                             15,671 stores
  2. California                        11,774
  3. Florida                             9,930
  4. New York                        8,570
  5. Georgia                           6,761
  6. North Carolina                 6,306
  7. Ohio                                 5,635
  8. Michigan                          4,833
  9. Pennsylvania                   4,787
  10. Illinois                              4,737

Bottom three states in terms of store count are Alaska (217 stores), Delaware (348) and Wyoming (354).

U.S. Channel Count Comparison (Nielsen numbers as of 12/31/16)
  • Convenience Stores                                              154,535
  • Drugstores                                                              43,636
  • Superettes/Supermarkets/Supercenter                  51,191
  • Dollar Stores                                                           28,832
Additional Highlights
  • The convenience retailing industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1986, the store count was 95,000 stores, at year-end 1996 the store count was 104,600 stores and at year-end 2006 the store count was 145,119 stores.

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2016, through its TDLinx service for retail channels. Nielsen determines its convenience store count using the store definition that requires stores to include a broad merchandise mix, extended hours of operation and a minimum of 500 stock-keeping units (SKUs), among other factors.                                 

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