U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights

  • The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,958 stores as of December 31, 2017, a 0.3% increase (423 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
  • Overall, nearly 80% of convenience stores (122,552 total) sell fuel.
  • Single-store operators within the convenience retail space also increased by 139 units (0.14%), up from 97,504 stores at year-end 2016 to 97,643 stores at year-end 2017.

U.S. Convenience Stores(as of 12/31/17)

  • 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%)
  • 2009 — 144,875 (-1.0%)
  • 2008 — 146,294 (+0.8%)
  • 2007 — 145,119 (+3.2%)
  • 2006 — 140,655 (+1.8%)
  • 2005 — 138,205 (+5.8%)
  • 2004 — 130,659 (-1.3%)

Top States for Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/17)

  1. Texas: 15,813 stores
  2. California: 11,946 
  3. Florida: 9,891
  4. New York: 8,725
  5. Georgia: 6,687
  6. North Carolina: 6,235
  7. Ohio: 5,686
  8. Michigan: 4,962
  9. Pennsylvania: 4,855
  10. Illinois: 4,759

Bottom three states in terms of store count are Alaska (217 stores), Wyoming (355) and Delaware (348).

U.S. Channel Count Comparison

  • Convenience Stores
    154,958
  • Drugstores
    43,169
  • Supermarkets
    51,134
  • Dollar Stores
    30,332

Additional Highlights

Check out our magazine companion story (PDF) on the U.S. convenience store count in the February issue of NACS Magazine.

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2017, 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.