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 150,274 U.S. convenience stores as of December 31, 2020, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. About 80% of convenience stores (121,538 total) sell motor fuels, and the convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 61.4% of all convenience stores (92,196 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

The number of convenience stores that sell motor fuels is 121,538 stores. Overall, convenience stores sell approximately 80% of the motor fuels purchased in the United States. 

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.