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2013 Top 100 Convenience Stores: The Incredible Shrinking Big Oil

As the Big Oil companies continue to divest or spin off their retail assets, chains with a pure convenience retail focus are growing through acquisitions and new builds.

 

As in previous years, Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. remains No. 1 on this year's Convenience Store News Top 100 Convenience Stores ranking, adding more than 900 net stores to its U.S. lineup in 2012. The chain's total store count in the United States now stands at 7,760 locations, a net gain of 419 units vs. last year's Top 100 report.

 

Along with organic growth across multiple metropolitan areas, 7-Eleven has been on an acquisition spree. Its largest deals as of late include the November acquisition of 163 stores in Utah and Texas from TETCO Inc., and its January purchase of 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket stores from C.L. Thomas Inc. of Victoria, Texas. Both chains were on last year's Top 100 list – at No. 46 and No. 51, respectively.

 

Led by 7-Eleven, this year's Top 100 currently operate a total of 59,898 units. Combined, these chains account for 40.1 percent of the convenience industry's 149,220 stores, according to Nielsen TDLinx. In fact, just the top 10 alone represent nearly 24 percent of the industry total, with 35,292 stores.

 

After 7-Eleven, Shell Oil Products US ranks No. 2 on the Top 100, with 4,950 locations. Shell was the only Big Oil company in the top 10 to show a gain in store count this year, with the addition of 16 stores. BP North America ranks third with 4,504 sites, although the company lost 187 stores year over year.

 

BP last year announced the withdrawal of the ampm brand from the East Coast. The company plans to own the brand and franchise it to Tesoro Corp. for use in the Southwest. This followed a related announcement of the sale of BP's Carson, Calif., refinery and the ARCO brand to Tesoro, which closed in June.

 

The remainder of this year's top 10 includes:

 

4. Chevron Corp.: 3,985 stores; down 72 stores from 4,057 a year ago.

 

5. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.: 3,701 stores; up 116 stores from 3,585 a year ago.

 

6. ExxonMobil Corp.: 3,421 stores; down 25 stores from 3,446 a year ago.

 

7. Energy Transfer Partners LP: 2,000 stores; up 13 stores from 1,987 a year ago.

 

8. Casey's General Stores Inc.: 1,735 stores; up 42 stores from 1,693 a year ago.

 

9. CITGO Petroleum Corp.: 1,668 stores; down 54 stores from 1,722 a year ago.

 

10. The Pantry Inc.: 1,568 stores; down 47 stores from 1,615 a year ago.

 

While the rank order of the top six is unchanged from 2012, the rest of the top 10 swapped positions. Energy Transfer Partners (formerly Sunoco Inc.), at 1,987 stores, moved up one spot to No. 7. Casey's General Stores, which ranked No. 11 last year, jumped up three spots to rank No. 8 this year. CITGO moved one slot to No. 9, while The Pantry cracked the top 10 after ranking No. 12 last year.

 

Looking at the full Top 100, a handful of chains jumped up several spots thanks to impressive growth year over year. Lehigh Gas Corp. went from a No. 66 ranking last year to No. 49 (tie) this year as a result of adding 65 units vs. a year ago. Fikes Wholesale Corp. moved from No. 43 to No. 37 with its growth of 58 locations. Western Refining Corp. went from No. 53 to No. 44 by adding 55 stores. Finally, Gas Mart USA Inc. moved from No. 82 to No. 65 (tie) on account of expanding by 28 stores.

 

New entrants to this year's Top 100 include: Panjwani Enterprises (No. 87, tie); Dandy Mini Marts Inc. (No. 92, tie); Erickson Oil Products Inc. (No. 98); Johnson Oil Co. (No. 99); and Buchanan Oil Co. (No. 100).

 

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2013 Top 100 Convenience Store Chains

2013 Rank 2012 Rank Company City State Total Stores Count Corporate Stores Count Franchise/
Licensee Store Count
Annual ACV* ($000) Primary Store Names
1 1 7 Eleven Inc. Dallas TX 7,760 1,381 6,379 16,334,936
  • 7-Eleven
            Top Franchise/
Licensee:
     
            Southwest Convenience Stores/Alon Brands 311    
            Garb-Ko 83    
            Seven-Eleven Hawaii 58    
2 2 Shell Oil Products US/Motiva Enterprises LLC Houston TX 4,950 23 4,927 10,838,880
  • Shell
3 3 BP North America La Palma CA 4,504 0 4,504 15,694,536
  • ampm
  • Amoco
  • Arco
  • Arco Thrifty
  • BP
  • BP Connect
  • BP Shop
4 4 Chevron Corp. San Ramon CA 3,985 406 3,579 10,789,792
  • Chevron
  • Chevron Extra Mile
  • Texaco
5 5 Alimentation Couche Tard Inc.1 Laval Quebec 3,701 3,180 521 13,903,188
  • Circle K
  • Dairy Mart
  • Gas Express
  • MACS
6 6 Exxon Mobil Corp. Irving TX 3,421 0 3,421 7,378,228
  • Exxon
  • Exxon On The Run
  • Exxon Tiger Mart
  • Mobil
  • Mobil Mart
  • Mobil On The Run
7 8 Energy Transfer Partners LP Philadelphia PA 2,000 403 1,597 6,966,700
  • A Plus
  • Coastal
  • Optima
  • Sunoco
8 11 Casey's General Stores Inc. Akeny IA 1,735 1,735 0 6,799,444
  • Caseys General Store
9 10 CITGO Petroleum Corp. Houston TX 1,668 0 1,668 3,512,236
  • CITGO
10 12 The Pantry Inc. Cary NC 1,568 1,568 0 7,375,443
  • Kangaroo Express (1,497)
  • Presto (45)
  • Petro Express (13)
11 7 Speedway LLC 2 Enon OH 1,463 1,463 0 5,171,637
  • Speedway (1463)
12 13 Phillips 66 Houston TX 1,255 0 1,255 3,033,160
  • 76
  • Conoco
  • Phillips 66
13 15 Hess Corp. Woodbridge NJ 1,138 1,098 40 4,870,640
  • Hess
  • Hess Express
  • Wilco Food Mart
  • Wilco Travel Plaza
14 14 Getty Realty Corp. Jericho NY 1,040 0 1,040 2,393,721
  • Getty
  • Kwik Farms
  • Lukoil
15 9 CST Brands Inc. San Antonio TX 1,033 1,033 0 3,989,671
  • Corner Store
16 25 CHS Inc./Cenex Inc. Minneapolis MN 1,023 70 953 2,197,575
  • Cenex Zip Trip (70)
17 16 Cumberland Gulf Group Framingham MA 881 584 297 3,253,091
  • Cumberland Farms (584)
  • Gulf (297)
18 17 Kroger Co. Cincinnati OH 806 805 1 4,257,760
  • Kwik Shop/Kroger
  • Tom Thumb/Kroger
  • Turkey Hill Minit Market
19 18 RaceTrac Petroleum Atlanta GA 677 361 316 4,170,400
  • Racetrac
  • Raceway
20 20 QuikTrip Corp. Tulsa OK 653 653 0 6,258,200
  • QuikTrip (653)
21 23 Military Arlington VA 646 645 1 3,878,836
  • Coast Guard Mini Mart
  • Marine Corps Shoppette
  • NEXCOM Mini Mart (168)
  • Shoppette
  • Troop Store (215)
22 19 Wawa Inc. Wawa PA 620 620 0 6,384,560
  • Wawa Foodmarket
23 21 Susser Holding Corp./SSP Partners Corpus Christi TX 564 564 0 1,282,060
  • Stripes (564)
24 22 Pilot Flying J Knoxville TN 531 505 26 2,199,705
  • Flying J
  • Pilot Food Mart
  • Pilot Travel Center
25 24 Holiday Cos Inc. Minneapolis MN 473 344 129 2,113,540
  • Holiday Stationstores
26 28 Sheetz Inc. Altoona PA 441 441 0 5,998,720
  • Sheetz
27 26 Kum & Go West Des Moines IA 424 424 0 1,603,680
  • Kum & Go
28 27 VPS Convenience Store Group3 Wilmington NC 421 421 0 1,146,232
  • Village Pantry (145)
  • Schotchman (118)
  • Li'l Cricket Stores (76)
  • Young's (33)
  • Next Door Stores (30)
29 29t Kwik Trip Inc La Crosse WI 398 398 0 1,632,800
  • Kwik Star
  • Kwik Trip/WI
30 29t Delek US Fuel Corp Brentwood TN 383 379 4 1,353,040
  • Discount Food Mart
  • East Coast
  • Fast Food & Fuel
  • Favorite Market
  • Mapco Express
  • Mapco Mart
31 34 Tesoro Petroleum Corp/HQ San Antonio TX 377 234 143 1,455,740
  • 2 Go Mart
  • Big Johns
  • Mirastar
  • Tesoro
  • Tesoro Gas Express
  • USA Fuel Center
  • USA Gas
  • USA Mini Mart
  • USA Petroleum
  • USA Station
32 31 Stewarts Shops Corp Ballston Spa NY 329 329 0 1,215,500
  • Stewarts Shop
33 32 Allsups Conv Stores Inc Clovis NM 316 316 0 413,140
  • Allsups
34 35 Loves Country Stores Inc Oklahoma City OK 301 301 0 829,140
  • Loves Country Store
  • Loves Travel Stop
35 33 E Z Mart Stores Inc Texarkana TX 294 294 0 829,920
  • E Z Mart
36 36 United Ref Co Of Penn Warren PA 280 280 0 1,091,220
  • Country Fair
  • Kwik Fill & Smokers Outlet
  • Kwik Fill/Red Apple Div
  • Red Apple/Kwik Fill
37 43 Fikes Wholesale Temple TX 263 262 1 361,140
  • CEFCO Food
  • Food Fast Store
  • Taylor Petroleum
38 37 Maverik Inc Afton WY 249 249 0 477,516
  • Maverik Country Store
39 40 Travel Centers Of America Westlake OH 246 213 33 1,712,955
  • TravelCenters
  • Petro Stopping Center (73)
  • Goasis (3)
40 38 Northern Tier Energy LLC Ridgefield CT 229 168 61 900,640
  • SuperAmerica
41 39 Landmark Industries Inc Houston TX 228 228 0 544,700
  • Timewise Food Store
42 41 Fas Mart/
GPM Investments LLC3
Richmond VA 211 208 3 537,940
  • Fas Mart
  • Shore Stop Store
43 42 Jacksons Food Stores Inc Meridian ID 209 209 0 258,388
  • Jacksons Food Store
44 53 Western Refining Inc/Giant Industries El Paso TX 208 207 1 713,440
  • Giant
  • Giant Service
  • Howdys Foodmart
  • Mustang
45t 44 Tedeschi Food Shops Inc Rockland MA 190 105 85 238,893
  • Tedeschi Food Shop (190)
45t 47 Clark Naperville IL 190 0 190 460,720
  • Clark
47 45 United Dairy Farmers Cincinnati OH 185 185 0 324,220
  • United Dairy Farmers
48 48 Jones Co Waycross GA 173 173 0 565,760
  • Flash Foods
49t 50 Thorntons Inc Louisville KY 171 171 0 620,880
  • Thorntons
49t 66 Lehigh Gas Corp Bethlehem PA 171 107 64 473,408
  • Choice
  • Express Lane/FL
  • Joes Kwik Mart
  • Kwik Pik
  • Uni Mart
51 49 Convenient Food Mart Inc/HQ Mentor OH 169 61 108 280,800
  • Convenient Food Mart
52 52 Meijer/HQ Grand Rapids MI 164 164 0 1,486,680
  • Meijer Gas Station
53 59t Murphy Oil USA Inc El Dorado AR 159 158 1 266,240
  • Murphy Express
  • Murphy USA
54 54 Warren Equities Inc Providence RI 153 153 0 564,720
  • Xtra Mart/CT
55t 55 Sinclair HQ Salt Lake City UT 151 0 151 303,888
  • Sinclair
55t 56 Two Farms Inc Baltimore MD 151 151 0 295,360
  • Royal Farms
57 57 Krauszers Food Store Edison NJ 146 0 146 278,980
  • Krauszers Food Store
58 58 Kwik Stop FL Plantation FL 136 0 136 244,400
  • Kwik Stop/FL
59 59t Quick Chek Food Stores Whitehouse Station NJ 135 135 0 241,280
  • Quick Chek Food Store
60 62 Giant Eagle Inc/HQ Pittsburgh PA 134 134 0 2,061,540
  • GetGo
61 61 Englefield Oil Co Heath OH 124 124 0 525,460
  • Duchess Shoppe
62 63t Martin & Bayley Inc Carmi IL 113 113 0 619,840
  • Hucks
63 63t 7 Eleven Stores OK4 Oklahoma City OK 112 112 0 232,440
  • 7 Eleven/OK
  • Sundial Deli Mart
64 65 Plaid Pantries Inc Beaverton OR 109 109 0 221,520
  • Plaid Pantry
65t 67 Go Mart Inc Gassaway WV 108 108 0 536,900
  • Go Mart Food Store
65t 82 Gas Mart USA Inc Leawood KS 108 108 0 331,240
  • Eddys Mart
  • Gas Mart USA
  • Jumpin Jimmys Gas Mart USA
67 70 Hy Vee Food Stores Inc West Des Moines IA 104 104 0 255,320
  • Hy Vee Gas Station
68 68 Terrible Herbst Inc Las Vegas NV 101 101 0 296,140
  • Terrible Herbst
69 69 Sams Food Store Rocky Hill CT 97 95 2 160,680
  • Chuckys Food Store
  • Sams Food Store
70 77t Little General Stores Inc Beckley WV 95 95 0 192,920
  • Little General/WV
71 74t Town Pump Inc Butte MT 93 93 0 285,220
  • Town Pump Food Store
72 71 Mountain Empire Oil Johnson City TN 92 92 0 413,400
  • Roadrunner Market
73t 74t Admiral Petroleum Co HQ Coopersville MI 90 90 0 219,700
  • Admiral Petroleum
73t 83t Gulshan Ent Sugar Land TX 90 68 22 159,900
  • Handi Plus
  • Handi Stop
75 72t True North Energy Brecksville OH 88 88 0 151,580
  • True North
76 80t Nice N Easy Shoppes/Corp Stores Canastota NY 87 37 50 193,585
  • Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppe
77 79 Blarney Castle Oil Co Bear Lake MI 85 85 0 428,480
  • E Z Mart/Blarney Castle Oil
78t 77t MFA Petroleum Columbia MO 84 84 0 149,240
  • Break Time/MFA
  • MFA Oil
  • Petro Card 24
78t 92t Victory Marketing LLC Ridgeland MS 84 81 3 151,320
  • Sprint Mart
80 83t M M Fowler Inc Durham NC 83 83 0 223,080
  • Family Fare
81 74t Farm Stores Grocery Inc Miami FL 81 32 49 140,140
  • Farm Store
82 86t C N Brown Co South Paris ME 79 77 2 124,020
  • Big Apple
  • CN Brown
83 83t Tri Star Energy Nashville TN 78 78 0 256,880
  • Dailys Express
  • Dailys Tri Star Energy
  • Scot Market
84t 88t Sunmart Inc Spring TX 75 39 36 165,100
  • Sunmart
84t 95 Newcomb Oil Co Bardstown KY 75 75 0 231,400
  • Five Star Food Mart
84t 97t Flash Market/HQ West Memphis AR 75 71 4 159,900
  • Flash Market/Flash Market
87t 80t Ranger Enterprises Inc Rockford IL 74 74 0 261,300
  • Road Ranger
87t 86t Stop In Food Stores Inc Roanoke VA 74 74 0 304,720
  • Stop In
87t 88t FKG Oil Company Belleville IL 74 74 0 269,360
  • Moto Mart
87t 91 Fast Stop Bloomington IL 74 0 74 102,960
  • Fast Stop/IL
87t n/a Panjwani Enterprises Houston TX 74 73 1 137,800
  • Star Stop
92t 88t Gate Petroleum Co Jacksonville FL 73 73 0 174,980
  • Gate Food Post
92t 92t Handee Hugo's/Sampson Bladen Oil Company Inc Clinton NC 73 73 0 136,500
  • Handee Hugos
92t n/a Dandy Mini Marts Inc Sayre PA 73 73 0 151,060
  • Dandy Mini Mart
95 94 Certified Oil Co Columbus OH 72 71 1 46,124
  • Certified
96t 99 Spinx Oil Co Inc Greenville SC 70 70 0 245,440
  • Spinx Store
96t 97t Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores Greenwich CT 70 70 0 17,7031
  • Circle K
98 n/a Erickson Oil Products Inc Hudson WI 69 69 0 231,400
  • Freedom Valu Center
  • Super America Erickson Oil
99 n/a Johnson Oil Co Rock Falls IL 69 69 0 142,740
  • Express Lane/Johnson Oil
100 n/a Buchanan Oil Co Omaha NE 68 68 0 294,580
  • Buckys Express

Source: Company information; Nielsen TDLinx; Convenience Store News Market Research, April 2013

 

*All Commodity Volume (ACV) figures are annualized ranges of the estimated retail sales volume of all items sold in a store that pass through the retailer’s cash registers. Lottery sales are not included; gas sales are included where applicable. The Nielsen TDLinx ACV is an estimate — a directional measure to be used as an indicator of company size.

 

1 Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. operates convenience stores in both the United States and Canada.  For this ranking, only U.S. stores are included.
2 Speedway LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp.
3 In June, GPM Investments LLC announced the acquisition of VPS Convenience Store Group’s Southeast division, including 263 company-operated stores. 
4 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma is not affiliated with 7-Eleven Inc.

 

Editor’s Note: Licensees are included in the total store count of the parent’s banner name. For example, Southwest Convenience Stores and Garb-Ko are included in 7-Eleven’s total count. 

 

Data includes store count information as of April 1, 2013, and was obtained from each company or provided by Nielsen TDLinx, which utilizes the convenience store trade channel definition endorsed by NACS and Convenience Store News. The convenience store trade channel includes small-format stores of at least 800 square feet; with 500 to 1,500 SKUs; that operate at least 13 hours a day; and carry a limited selection of grocery items, including at least two of the following: toilet paper, soap, disposable diapers, pet food, breakfast cereal, tuna fish, toothpaste, ketchup and canned goods. This channel includes stores that may or may not sell gasoline and offer fast-food services.

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