Convenience Store News

JUL 2016

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | JULY 2016 | Convenience Store News 33 a convenience store defined by the products and services in-store, 7-Eleven is evolving to being a convenient store defined by problems it solves — inside the store, outside the store, even meeting customers where they are. The CSNews Top 100 is the industry's longest-running accounting of the largest convenience store chains by store count. The annual report is com- piled in partnership with TDLinx, a service of Nielsen. TDLinx defines a convenience store as a small-format store of at least 800 square feet; with 500 to 1,500 SKUs; that operates at least 13 hours a day; and carries 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. Of course, there are some familiar names missing from this year's Top 100 list. The past 12 months saw well-established regional convenience store chains, like Tedeschi Food Shops Inc. in New England and Flash Foods Inc. in the Southeast, bought by much larger chains. In the case of Tedeschi, it was 7-Eleven. For Flash Foods, it was CST Brands Inc. Interestingly, CST Brands (No. 12 on this year's Top 100) is now in a state of flux with a strong possibility of the company going from buyer to seller. As of press time, there were multiple news reports about bidders lining up to buy CST's assets as the company conducts a strategic review. Reported suitors include 7-Eleven, Couche-Tard, Speedway LLC and Sunoco LP. At 1,224 stores, a sale of CST could be the next seismic shift to change the industry landscape (see page 44). According to TDLinx store count figures, this year's Top 100 chains operate 61,108 stores overall. These chains represent 39.5 percent of the industry's total stores, Company- o perated % o F Company S tore S tota L 1 Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. 4,746 89.5% 2 Marathon Petroleum Corp. 2,770 100.0% 3 Casey's General Stores Inc. 1,920 100.0% 4 7-Eleven Inc. 1,642 19.8% 5 Sunoco LP 1,229 42.4% 6 CST Brands Inc. 1,224 57.2% 7 The Kroger Co. 797 100.0% 8 QuikTrip Corp. 731 100.0% 9 Wawa Inc. 724 100.0% 10 GPM Investments LLC 722 100.0% 11 Military 707 100.0% 12 Pilot Flying J 571 100.0% 13 Cumberland Farms Inc. 561 100.0% 14 Kwik Trip Inc. 540 100.0% 15 Sheetz Inc. 523 100.0% 16 TravelCenters of America LLC 459 97.0% 17 Kum & Go LC 434 100.0% 18 RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. 415 59.4% 19 Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. 376 100.0% 20 Holiday Cos. 367 72.0% Source: Company information; Nielsen TDLinx, April 2016; Convenience Store News Market Research, 2016 F ran CHIS e /LIC en S ee % o F Company S tore S tota L 1 7-Eleven Inc. 6,671 80.2% 2 Shell Oil/Motiva Enterprises LLC 4,830 99.6% 3 BP North America 3,766 100.0% 4 Chevron Corp. 3,508 92.2% 5 Exxon Mobil Corp. 3,365 100.0% 6 Sunoco LP 1,667 57.6% 7 CITGO Petroleum Corp. 1,553 100.0% 8 CHS Inc. 1,423 95.3% 9 Phillips 66 1,222 100.0% 10 Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. 558 10.5% 11 RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. 284 40.6% 12 Tesoro Petroleum Corp. 278 100.0% 13 Clark Brands LLC 153 100.0% 14t Getty Realty Co./Lukoil NA LLC 148 80.4% 14t Sinclair Oil Corp. 148 100.0% 16 Krauszer's Food Store 144 100.0% 17 Holiday Cos. 143 28.0% 18 Kwik Stop 141 100.0% 19 Northern Tier Energy LP 112 39.4% 20 Dunne Manning Inc. 93 24.9% Source: Company information; Nielsen TDLinx, April 2016; Convenience Store News Market Research, 2016 TOP 20 COMPANY-OPERATED CHAINS TOP 20 FRANCHISE/LICENSEE CHAINS New Additions to the List 7-Eleven Hawaii Inc. Alliance Energy Corp. C.A.R. Enterprises Inc. Family Express Corp. Northern Tier Energy LP Southwest Georgia Oil Co. Drop-Offs From Last Year Energy Transfer Partners LP Dropped down all its retail assets to Sunoco LP Gas Mart USA Inc. Acquired by GPM Investments LLC Tedeschi Food Shops Inc. Acquired by 7-Eleven Inc. The Jones Co. Acquired by CST Brands Inc. Warren Equities Inc. Acquired by Global Partners LP Weigel's Stores Inc. Dropped in rank this year to No. 101

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