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JUL 2015

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | JULY 2015 | Convenience Store News 25 ETP and Sunoco LP have 6,683 locations. Other big Top 100 movers this year are Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., which climbed from No. 4 to No. 2, and Marathon Petroleum Corp., which moved into the No. 5 slot, up from seventh last year. Acquisitions — the biggest deals of the past year, in fact — drove these changes. Circle K parent Couche-Tard purchased The Pantry Inc. and its 1,500 Southeast Kangaroo Express con- venience stores, while Marathon Petroleum's retail division Speedway LLC purchased the retail network of Hess Corp. and its 1,200-plus convenience stores. Prior to being acquired, The Pantry was the 11th larg- est U.S. c-store chain by store count and Hess was the 13th largest, according to the Top 100 report pub- lished by CSNews in 2014. Despite these mega mergers, 7-Eleven Inc. managed to keep its distinction as the largest convenience store chain in the United States for at least another year. With 8,124 stores, 7-Eleven leads No. 2 Couche-Tard in store count by a margin of 2,751 locations. The CSNews Top 100 is the industry's longest-running accounting of the largest convenience store chains by store count. The annual report is compiled in partner- ship with TDLinx, a service of Nielsen. TDLinx defines L ast year, the headline of the Convenience Store News Top 100 report pro- claimed: "Steady for Now, but Shakeup Coming." Well, the shakeup came. Whereas in 2014, the top six com- panies retained their same spots year over year, only one company in the entire top 10 this year stayed put. All the rest traded places, with Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) making the most signifi- cant move, jumping up from No. 9 to No. 4. Over the past year, ETP closed on its acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. whose retail operations con- sisted of 600-plus Stripes and Sac-N-Pac convenience stores. ETP also formed a new wholly owned subsid- iary known as Sunoco LP, which makes its Top 100 debut separately this year at No. 9 on the list. ETP is in the process of dropping down to Sunoco LP all of its retail assets, including the fuel marketing, distribu- tion and retail assets of Sunoco Inc. Once completed, Sunoco LP will have ownership of the Sunoco wholesale and retail businesses, as well as c-stores acquired from Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, Susser Holdings, Tiger Management Group (Tigermarket brand), Aloha Petroleum Ltd. and, most recently Westex Capital Ltd. (Pico brand). Combined, A Convenience Store News Staff Report Top 20 Company-Operated Chains Company-operated % of Company StoreS total 1 alimentation Couche-tard Inc. 4,802 89.4% 2 marathon petroleum Corp. 2,646 64.8 3 Casey's General Stores Inc. 1,890 100.0 4 7-eleven Inc. 1,361 16.8 5 energy transfer partners lp 1,103 25.7 6 CSt Brands Inc. 1,035 95.8 7 Kroger Co. 799 100.0 8 Quiktrip Corp. 719 100.0 9 military 698 100.0 10 Gpm Investments llC 688 99.3 11 Wawa Inc. 685 100.0 12 pilot flying J 580 97.5 13 Cumberland farms Inc. 554 60.2 14 Sheetz Inc. 497 100.0 15 Kwik trip Inc. 450 100.0 16 Kum & Go lC 435 100.0 17 Western refining Inc. 431 85.9 18 racetrac petroleum Inc. 387 54.8 19t Holiday Cos. 365 72.7 19t delek US Holdings Inc. 365 99.7 Source: Nielsen TDLinx; Company information; Convenience Store News Market Research 2015 Top 20 Franchise/Licensee Chains f ranCHISe/lICenSee % of Company StoreS total 1 7-eleven Inc. 6,763 83.2% 2 Shell oil/motiva enterprises llC 4,981 99.6 3 Bp north america 3,945 100.0 4 Chevron Corp. 3,572 91.9 5 exxon mobil Corp. 3,409 100.0 6 energy transfer partners lp 3,197 74.3 7 Sunoco lp 2,228 93.5 8 CItGo petroleum Corp. 1,647 99.9 9 marathon petroleum Corp. 1,440 35.2 10 CHS Inc. 1,370 95.1 11 phillips 66 1,278 100.0 12 alimentation Couche-tard Inc. 571 10.6 13 Cumberland farms Inc. 367 39.8 14 racetrac petroleum Inc. 319 45.2 15 tesoro petroleum Corp. 202 73.5 16 Clark Brands llC 174 100.0 17 Getty realty Corp. 173 78.6 18t Krauszer's food Store 145 100.0 18t Sinclair oil Corp. 145 100.0 20 Kwik Stop 139 100.0 Source: Nielsen TDLinx; Company information; Convenience Store News Market Research 2015

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