Fact Sheets

Facts and figures about the industry and its top-selling products and services.

Scope of the Industry
The U.S. convenience store industry has 154,958 stores that account for about $550 billion in total sales. Here are more details:

  • U.S. Convenience Store Count: There are a record 154,958 U.S. covneience stores as of December 31, 2017, a 0.3% increase (423 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
  • Convenience Stores Offer More Convenience: Convenience stores offer speed of service to time-starved consumers who want to get in and out of the store quickly. These shoppers recognize this channel of trade for its convenient locations, extended hours of operation, one-stop shopping, grab-and-go foodservice, a variety of merchandise and fast transactions.

Inside the Store
U.S. convenience stores experienced record in-store sales of $233.0 billion in 2016, led by consumer desires to satisfy an immediate need for food and refreshment. 

Fuel Sales
There are 122,552 convenience stores selling fuel in the United States, and these retailers sell an estimated 80% of all the fuel purchased in the country. 

Industry Issues
The industry has a number of critical issues that must be addressed at the grassroots level and on Capitol Hill. Visit the Advocacy page to learn more about the issues NACS is working on to protect the best interests of the U.S. convenience and fuel retailing industry.