Convenience is a major factor that influences many consumer purchases. So it's no surprise that convenience stores are popping up with more frequency across the nation. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, Alexandria, Va., there are approximately 130,000 convenience stores in the United States. Gasoline sales are typically the reason for their existence, and account for the lion's share of business. In fact, NACS stated that total channel sales were $337 billion last ...

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