U.S. Convenience Store Count

Last Updated: January 14, 2021

Highlights

150,274
convenience stores

121,538
stores sell motor fuels

80%
of the motor fuels sold in convenience stores

61.4%
single-store operators

  • There are 150,274 convenience stores operating in the United States, a 1.6% decrease in the number of stores in operation (152,720) at the close of 2019, according to the 2021 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. 
  • The number of convenience stores that sell motor fuels is 121,538 stores, which is about 80.9% 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 (92,196 in 2020 vs. 95,108 in 2019), which account for 61.4% of all convenience stores.
  • The decrease in the industry store count was more pronounced among stores that did not sell fuel. Of the total 2,446-store decline, 1,986 did not sell fuel, compared to 460 that sold fuel.

U.S. Convenience Stores (as of December 2020)

  • 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%)
  • 2011 — 146,341 (+1.2%)

State Rankings

Among the states, Texas continues to have the most convenience stores (15,695 stores), or more than one in 10 stores in the country. The rest of the top 10 also remains the same from the year prior. California is second at 12,074 stores, followed by Florida (9,619), New York (8,096), Georgia (6,574), North Carolina (5,890), Ohio (5,564), Michigan (4,855), Pennsylvania (4,698) and Illinois (4,629). California is the only state in the top 10 that added stores (+84), while New York (-393 stores), Florida (192) and Texas (161) saw the largest declines. Alaska (176) has the fewest stores in the country.

Performance vs. Other Channels

The decline in the convenience store count reflects the decline of all brick-and-mortar stores. Overall, retail contracted 2.1%, with the dollar store channel being one of the few channels that saw growth (+3.1%). All other major competing channels had fewer units by December 2020. 

Channel 2020 2019 Unit Change % Change
Convenience 150,274 152,720 (2,446) -1.6
Grocery 47,066 49,034 (1,968) -4.0
Drug 41,000 41,127 (127) -0.3
Dollar 34,215 33,185 1,030 +3.1
Cigarette Outlet 10,180 11,109 (929) -8.4
Liquor/Beer/Wine Specialty 45,473 46,381 (908) -2.0


(Source: 2021 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count)

In addition are “gas station/kiosk” stores that sell fuel but not enough of an in-store product assortment to be considered convenience stores. Overall, there are 15,638 kiosks, led by 1,673 kiosks in California, 1,339 in Texas and 924 in New Jersey, a state that requires full-service fueling. The kiosk format saw a 9.4% decline over the past year and 29.2% decline over the past five years as more consumers seek out stores that have robust food and beverage offers.

Media Inquiries

For more information, please contact:

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

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