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 U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights
  • The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of December 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2016 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
  • Overall, 80.7% of convenience stores (124,374 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 (97,359 stores total).
U.S. Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/15) 
  • 2015 — 154,195(+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 12/31/15)
  1. Texas                             15,607 stores
  2. California                        11,540
  3. Florida                             9,909
  4. New York                        8,446
  5. Georgia                           6,765
  6. North Carolina                 6,330
  7. Ohio                                 5,605
  8. Michigan                          4,880
  9. Illinois                              4,732
  10. Pennsylvania                   4,706 

Bottom three states in terms of store count are Alaska (206 stores), Wyoming (357) and Delaware (350).

U.S. Channel Count Comparison (Nielsen numbers as of 12/31/15)
  • Convenience Stores                            154,195
  • Drugstores                                           41,969
  • Supermarkets/Supercenter                  51,055
  • Dollar Stores                                         27,378
Additional Highlights
  • The convenience retailing industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1985, the store count was 90,900 stores, at year-end 1995 the store count was 101,100 stores and at year-end 2005 the store count was 140,665 stores.

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2015, 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.                                    

 

 Steady Growth

 

In the midst of disruptive mergers and acquisitions, the U.S. convenience industry store count increased again in 2015. View infographic.

U.S. Channel Count Comparison
(Nielsen numbers as of December 31, 2015)

 

 Media Inquiries

 

​ For more information, please contact:

Jeff Lenard
V.P., Strategic Industry Initiatives
703) 518-4272
jlenard@nacsonline.com

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