Convenience Store News

MAR 2017

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16 Convenience Store News | MARCH 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM INDUSTRY ROUNDUP T he U.S. convenience store count has hit a record num- ber. According to the 2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count, there were 154,535 c-stores as of Dec. 31, a 0.2-percent increase from the year prior. The industry store count has increased by 63 percent over the last three decades. At year-end 1986, the indus- try count was 95,000 stores; at year-end 1996, it was 104,600 stores; and at year-end 2006, the count stood at 145,119 stores. "Nielsen data shows that the U.S. convenience store channel continues to be an industry of opportunity," said Rob Hill, executive vice president of retail services at Nielsen. "The current consumer climate has created favor- able conditions for c-store sales growth, contributing to a positive long-term outlook." The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 63.1 percent of all locations (97,504 stores total). Single stores also accounted for 42.6 percent of the store growth year over year. Among the states, Texas leads the way with 15,671 stores — more than one in 10 U.S. c-stores is located in the Lone Star State. The rest of the top 10 states for convenience stores are: California (11,774 stores), Florida (9,930), New York (8,570), Georgia (6,761), North Carolina (6,306), Ohio (5,635), Michigan (4,833), Pennsylvania (4,787) and Illinois (4,737). With overall store count growth in the convenience channel fairly small during 2016, 23 states experienced declines in store count from the prior year. The bot- tom three states in terms of store count are: Alaska (217 stores), Delaware (348) and Wyoming (354). Another Record Growth Year for U.S. Convenience Channel Texas leads the way with 15,671 convenience stores DeIorio Foods Inc. Utica, NY 13501 • 800-649-7612 • Specializing in Independent and Regional Operators • 90+ Years in the dough manufacturing business • Exceptional service and training • Custom programs to meet your needs • Organic Certified • Dough Ball Program • Sub Rolls & Breads • Par-baked Shells & Pizza • Cheesy Bread Sticks Industry Leader in Dough Manufacturing The choice of c-Store operations across the country! "We increased to over a MiLLioN Slices with Deiorios"

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