The U.S. convenience store count was 153,237 stores as of December 31, 2018, according to the NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. About 80% of convenience stores (121,998 total) sell motor fuels, and the convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 62% of all convenience stores (95,445 stores).
Convenience stores offer more than convenience. Overall, the industry offers 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, variety of merchandise and fast transactions.