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COVER STORY

Smaller Chains
Unceasing consolidation in the c-store industry paves the
way for several new movers and shakers on this year's
Convenience Store News Top 100 ranking
A Convenience Store News Staff Report

IN THE CONVENIENCE CHANNEL,

known for its
smaller, neighborhood-focused stores, the big
chains keep getting bigger.
In the past year, Irving, Texas-based
7-Eleven Inc. added roughly 1,000 stores
across 17 states when it acquired most of
the retail assets of Dallas-based Sunoco LP.
Meanwhile, Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. kept up its reputation as an aggressive acquirer by adding
CST Brands Inc. (roughly 1,300 stores)
and Holiday Cos. (500-plus stores) to its
ever-growing portfolio.
With those mega-deals in the books, it's no
surprise 7-Eleven and Couche-Tard sit in the
No. 1 and No. 2 spots on this year's Convenience
Store News Top 100 ranking - the same positions
they have occupied since 2016.
The past year also saw already-large chains like San
Antonio-based Andeavor (formerly known as Tesoro
Petroleum Corp.) jump 26 spots in ranking to No. 10
after acquiring Western Refining Inc.; and Richmond,
Va.-based GPM Investments LLC gain two spots to now
rank No. 12 upon acquiring E-Z Mart Stores Inc.
Four of last year's top 25 chains - including CST,
Western Refining and Holiday - disappeared from this
year's ranking on account of acquisitions. However,
this paved the way for several new names to join this
year's Top 100 ranking, and for several smaller chains
to make big moves on the list. Seven chains on this

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