U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights

  • There are 153,237 convenience stores operating in the United States, according to the 2019 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The count is based on stores as of December 31, 2018. 
  • The number of convenience stores that sell motor fuels is 121,998 stores, which is 79.6% of all convenience stores. Overall, convenience stores sell approximately 80% of the motor fuels purchased in the United States. 
  • Single-store operators account for 62.3% of all convenience stores (95,445 stores).

U.S. Convenience Stores
(as of 12/31/18)

  • 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%)
  • 2010 — 144,541 (-0.2%)

Texas continues to lead in store count at 15,745 stores, or more than one in 10 stores in the country. California is second at 11,930 stores, followed by Florida (9,803), New York (8,550), Georgia (6,698), North Carolina (6,069), Ohio (5,637), Michigan (4,930), Pennsylvania (4,778) and Illinois (4,753). The bottom three states in terms of store count are Alaska (200 stores), Wyoming (352) and Delaware (346).

U.S. Channel Count Comparison

The convenience store count accounts for about 34% of the brick-and-mortar retail universe tracked by Nielsen in the United States.

  • Convenience Stores
    154,958
  • Drugstores
    43,169
  • Supermarkets
    51,134
  • Dollar Stores
    30,332
Channel       2018 2017 Unit Change % Change

Convenience store 

153,237

154,958

(1,721) 

-1.1%

Grocery   

49,842

51,134

(1,292)

-2.5

Drug   

41,833

43,169

(1,336)

 -3.1

Dollar 

31,620

30,332

1,288

4.1

All other brick-and-mortar stores

169,107

171,347

(2,240)

-1.3

 

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2018, through its TDLinx service for retail channels. Nielsen determines its convenience store count using the store definition that requires stores to include a broad merchandise mix, extended hours of operation and a minimum of 500 stock-keeping units (SKUs), among other factors.