The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,958 stores as of December 31, 2017, a 0.3% increase (423 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. Overall, 79.1% of convenience stores (122,552 total) sell motor fuels, and the convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 63% of all convenience stores (97,643 stores total).
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.