Fact Sheets

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

Scope of the Industry

Convenience stores represents more than one third (35%) of the brick-and-mortar retail universe tracked by Nielsen in the United States. 

  • U.S. Convenience Store Count: There are 148,026 convenience stores operating in the United States. About 80% of convenience stores (116,641 total) sell gas, and the industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 60.4% of all stores (89,336 stores).
  • 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.

Fuel Sales

Gasoline prices are among the most recognizable price points in American commerce. 

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.