U.S. Convenience Store Count

Last Updated: January 19, 2022

Highlights

148,026
convenience stores

116,641
stores sell motor fuels

80%
of the motor fuels sold in convenience stores

60.4%
single-store operators

  • There are 148,026 convenience stores operating in the United States, a 1.5% decrease in the number of stores in operation (150,274) at the close of 2020, according to the 2022 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. 
  • The number of convenience stores that sell motor fuels is 116,641 stores, which is about 78.8% of all convenience stores. Overall, convenience stores sell approximately 80% of the motor fuels purchased in the United States. 
  • The industry decline was led by a 3.1% decrease in single-store operators (89,336 in 2021 vs. 92,196 in 2020), which account for 60.4% of all convenience stores.The decline of single-store operators continues a multi-year trend; single-store operators made up a record 63.2% of the industry in 2017. Meanwhile, the percentage of single-store operators that sell fuel dropped to 54.6% in 2021, the lowest since the metric has been tracked in 2005.

U.S. Convenience Stores (as of December 2021)

  • 2022 — 148,026 (-1.5%)
  • 2021 — 150,274 (-1.6%)
  • 2020 — 152,720 (-0.3%)
  • 2019 — 153,237 (-1.1%)
  • 2018 — 154,958 (+0.3%)
  • 2017 — 154,535 (+0.2%)
  • 2016 — 154,195 (+0.9%)
  • 2015 — 152,794 (+0.9%)
  • 2014 — 151,282 (+1.4%)
  • 2013 — 149,220 (+0.7%)
  • 2012 — 148,126 (+1.2%)

State Rankings

Among the states, Texas continues to have the most convenience stores (15,742 stores), or more than one in 10 stores in the United States. The remainder of the top 10 is the same from the year prior: California is second at 12,053 stores, followed by Florida (9,400), New York (7,848), Georgia (6,448), North Carolina (5,690), Ohio (5,537), Michigan (4,819), Pennsylvania (4,629) and Illinois (4,623). Texas is the only state in the top 10 that added stores (+47). Meanwhile, New York (-248), Florida (-219) and North Carolina (-200) lost the most stores. Alaska (174) has the fewest stores.

Performance vs. Other Channels

The decline in the convenience store count reflects the decline of other retail brick-and-mortar stores except for dollar stores.

Channel 2022 2021 % Change
Convenience 148,026 150,274 -1.5
Grocery 45,687 47,066 -2.9
Drug 40,402 41,000 -1.5
Dollar 35,501 34,215 +3.8


(Source: 2022 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count)

In addition, there are “gas station/kiosk” stores that sell fuel but not enough of an in-store product assortment to be considered convenience stores. Overall, there were 14,826 kiosks in 2021. The kiosk format continued to decline—down 5.2% the past year and 32.9% over the past six years—as more consumers sought out stores that have robust food and beverage offers.

Despite the fourth straight yearly decline in stores, the overall convenience store count is approximately the same as a decade ago (148,126 stores in 2012). With the U.S. population at 332.4 million according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is one convenience store per every 2,245 people.

Media Inquiries

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Lenard
V.P., Strategic Industry Initiatives
(703) 518-4272
jlenard@convenience.org

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