The number of convenience stores in the U.S. rose 1.4% last year, and the number of c-stores selling fuel rose at an even faster pace, according to data released Thursday.
The total number of c-stores in the U.S. reached 151,282 as of Dec. 31, according to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count from the National Association of Convenience Stores, Alexandria, Va. Overall, 83.7% of convenience stores sell motor fuels, a 2.7% increase over a year ago. The growth of the fuel offering comes both as fuel retailers add convenience operations and convenience retailers add fueling operations, according to NACS.
“Today's time-starved consumers need quick and convenient access to food, fuel and beverages. No other retail channel comes close to filling these needs than America's convenience stores, which is why our industry continues to grow, innovate and support their communities and their customers’ busy lifestyles,” said NACS chairman Brad Call, VP of adventure culture at North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik.
The c-store industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62.8% of all outlets, or 95,056 stores.
Among the states, Texas continues to lead in store count with 15,191 stores, up from 14,920 in 2013. The rest of the top 10 states for convenience stores are California (11,188), Florida (9,737), New York (8,154), Georgia (6,750), North Carolina (6,272), Ohio (5,452), Michigan, (4,903), Illinois (4,607) and Virginia (4,512).
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