Convenience Store News - July 2017 - 4

VIEWPOINT
By Don Longo, Editorial Director

One List You Can Count On
Convenience Store News' Top 100 reveals a still
robust and fragmented c-store industry

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n most retail trade channels, coming up with a list
of the top 50 chains, like our sister media brand
Progressive Grocer does in the supermarket industry, wouldn't be easy due to retail consolidation. In
one of my first editorial management jobs, I supervised the collection of data for a list of the Top 100
Discount Store Chains, a list that included such nowdefunct stores as Ames, Bradlees, Caldor, Venture and
Zayre. Today, that list would include only
Walmart, Target and Sears/Kmart - at
least for now, as I don't see Sears/Kmart
surviving much longer.
For another trade publication, I
compiled a list of the Top 300 Home
Center Chains. That once-lengthy list
would basically consist of The Home
Depot and Lowe's today. And
how easy would it be today
to compile a list of the top
drugstore chains? Even the
For comments, please contact
Don Longo, Editorial Director,
dollar store business doesn't go
at (201) 855-7606 or
much deeper than Dollar General,
dlongo@ensembleiq.com.
Family Dollar and Dollar Tree.
So, we are really lucky in the convenience store
industry to be able to put together not just our longrunning Convenience Store News Top 100 (see page
28), but also to provide a new feature this year called
"The Next 100," a CSNews.com ranking of the top

101-200 c-store chains.
The large number of operating companies in the
convenience store industry is proof of a retail channel that has vitality, energy, robust competition and
a high degree of entrepreneurship. This doesn't mean
that consolidation isn't occurring and that the biggest
chains aren't getting bigger. Gone are The Pantry and
Hess stores, and CST Brands' banners are likely to
disappear now that the acquisition by Alimentation
Couche-Tard has closed.
Consolidation is occurring AND the channel still
remains highly fragmented. It remains a great time to be
in the c-store business as either a retailer or a supplier.
This year, the top 10 chains of the CSNews Top
100 account for about 26 percent of total industry
stores, a percentage-point gain from about 25 percent
a year ago. The Top 100 chains account for about 41
percent of total industry stores, up just slightly from
39.5 percent last year. However, the top 200 companies represent only about 44 percent of total industry
stores. So, make no mistake, consolidation at the top
is very real and once you get past the Top 100, the second 100 represents less than 3 percent of all stores.
The CSNews Top 100 (and our bonus The Next
100 online) is still the most-respected, accurate, mostreferenced, and longest-running listing of the c-store
industry's largest chains. I hope you enjoy this year's
edition, both in print and online.

EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS (2013-2017)
2016 American Society of Business Press Editors,
National Azbee Awards
Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015
Bronze, Best Original Research, June 2015
2016 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015
Silver, Best Original Research, June 2015
2015 American Society of Business Press Editors,
National Azbee Awards
Silver, Best Profile (long form), February 2014
2015 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
Gold, Best Special Supplement, November 2014
Silver, Best Profile (long form), February 2014
2013 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
Bronze, Best Editorial/Commentary, July 2012
2016 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards
Silver, Front Cover Illustration, June 2015

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award
Best Single Issue, October 2012
2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award
Finalist, Best Profile, August 2012

2016 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2015
Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles, August 2015
2015 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2014
2014 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2013
Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2013
2013 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2012

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Brett Atherton
Bolla Management
Jon Bratta
Core-Mark International Inc.
Rick Crawford
Green Valley Grocery
Edward Davidson
ER Davidson & Associates
(7-Eleven Inc., retired)
Jim Hachtel
Eby-Brown Co.
Ray Johnson
Speedee Mart

Jack Lewis
GPM Midwest

Kirk Leff
McLane Co. Inc.

Roy Strasburger
Convenience Management
Services Inc.

Danielle Mattiussi
Maverik Inc.
Kyle McKeen
Alon Brands Inc.
Richard Mione
GPM Southeast
Jonathan Polonsky
Plaid Pantries Inc.
Greg Scriver
Kwik Trip Inc.


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