U.S. Convenience Store Count

Highlights

152,720
convenience stores

121,988
stores sell motor fuels

80%
of the motor fuels sold in convenience stores

62.1%
single-store operators

  • There are 152,720 convenience stores operating in the United States, according to the 2020 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The count is based on stores as of December 31, 2019. 
  • The number of convenience stores that sell motor fuels is 121,998 stores, which is about 80% 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% of all convenience stores (95,108 stores).

U.S. Convenience Stores (as of 12/31/19)

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  • 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%)
  • 2010 — 144,541 (-0.2%)

Among the states, Texas continues to lead in store count at 15,856 stores, or more than one in 10 stores in the country. California is second at 11,990 stores, followed by Florida (9,811), New York (8,489), Georgia (6,668), North Carolina (6,024), Ohio (5,635), Michigan (4,917), Pennsylvania (4,754) and Illinois (4,715). Texas gained 111 stores, California added 60 and Florida added eight, while the other states rounding out the top 10 lost stores.

The three states with the lowest store counts are Alaska (194 stores), Wyoming (352) and Delaware (344).

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U.S. Channel Count Comparison

The convenience store count represents more than one third (35%) of the brick-and-mortar retail universe tracked by Nielsen in the United States. Except for the dollar store channel, all other major channels had fewer units at year-end 2019.

Channel 2019 2018 Unit Change % Change
Convenience 152,720 153,237 (517) -0.3%
Grocery 49,034 49,842 (808) -1.6%
Drug 41,127 41,833 (706) -1.7%
Dollar 33,185 31,620 1,565 +4.9%
All other brick/mortar 166,531 168,924 (2,393) -1.4%


(Source: 2020 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count)

Nielsen calculations are based in part on data reported by Nielsen for the period ending December 31, 2019, 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.

Media Inquiries

For more information, please contact:

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

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