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Getting Started in the Business

There are 154,535 convenience stores in the United States as of December 31, 2016, with 63.1% of stores (97,504 stores total) operated by individual owners. If you're thinking about becoming a part of this dynamic industry, here are seven steps to consider when opening a store:

  1. Location
  2. Business Plan
  3. Design & Store Construction
  4. Selling Motor Fuels
  5. Foodservice
  6. Employee Training
  7. Workplace Safety and Compliance

But perhaps the first step is to become a NACS member.

NACS helps retailers grow and maximize profitability through its resources, data and advocacy on the industry's behalf, and can assist with all the steps in your journey to become a successful retailer. ​​​


 Need Help Now?


Contact the NACS Help Desk, the world's largest source of information for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.