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 U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights
  • The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record of 151,282 stores as of December 31, 2013, a 1.4% increase (2,062 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
  • The link between fuels and convenience retailing continues to grow. Overall, 83.7% of convenience stores (126,658 total) sell motor fuels, a 2.7% increase (3,369 stores) over 2013. The growth of convenience stores selling motor fuels is double the overall growth in the industry, as fuel retailers add convenience operations and convenience retailers add fueling operations.
  • The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62.8% of all convenience stores (95,056 stores total).
U.S. Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/13) 
  • 2014 — 151,282 (+1.4%)
  • 2013 — 149,220 (+0.7% over previous year)
  • 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 12/31/13)
  1. Texas                             15,191 stores
  2. California                        11,188
  3. Florida                             9,737
  4. New York                        8,154
  5. Georgia                           6,750
  6. North Carolina                 6,272
  7. Ohio                                 5,452
  8. Michigan                          4,903
  9. Illinois                              4,607
  10. Virginia                            4,512 

Bottom three states in terms of store count are Alaska (200 stores), Wyoming (353) and Delaware (346).

U.S. Channel Count Comparison (Nielsen numbers as of 12/31/13)
  • Convenience Stores                            151,282
  • Drugstores                                           41,378
  • Supermarkets/Supercenter                   37,459
  • Dollar Stores                                          24,853
Additional Highlights
  • The U.S. population on December 31, 2013, was an estimated 317 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means there is one convenience store for approximately every 2,100 residents.
  • The convenience retailing industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1983, the store count was 80,900 stores, at year-end 1993 the store count was 98,400 stores and at year-end 2003 the store count was 132,659 stores.

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2013, 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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