Convenience Store News - July 2018 - 4

VIEWPOINT

A Vibrant, Ever-Changing Top 100
C-store retailers are finding opportunity among the industry's giants
IT'S EASY TO VIEW the unceasing consolidation

occurring in the convenience store industry
as a sign that eventually only the biggest
chains will dominate the industry. According
to this year's Convenience Store News Top
100, our annual ranking of the largest U.S.
c-store chains by store count, the big got
even bigger in the past 12 months.
The CSNews Top 100 is the most
respected, accurate, most-referenced and
longest-running listing of the industry's
largest chains. This year, 7-Eleven Inc.
held onto its perch atop the list by adding
1,000 stores in 17 states from Sunoco LP.
No. 2 Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. added
almost 2,000 stores after acquiring CST
Brands Inc. and Holiday Cos.
But not so fast. As in every industry, when
consolidation occurs and the big companies
get bigger, opportunities open up for other
retailers. Seven chains on this year's Top 100
moved up 10 or more spots in their ranking
over the previous year, and six of those
chains operate less than 125 stores each.

list, existing companies moving up, and others falling off. Indeed, four of the industry's
top 25 chains were themselves acquired in
the past year.
It's always sad to see venerable c-store brands
like Corner Store, Nice N Easy, E-Z Mart, Flash
Foods and so many others disappear from the
landscape. However, for all the consolidation
that went on in the past year, the number of
stores operated by the Top 100 (63,418) was
only slightly higher than the previous year.
As a percentage of total stores, this year's
Top 100 represents 41.1 percent of the c-store
industry, about the same as last year.
Even the top 10 hasn't really lengthened its
shadow over the industry. The 40,841 stores
operated by the top 10 chains account for
26.4 percent of total industry stores, a negligible increase from last year's 26 percent.
As smaller chains continue to prove, it's not
being small, but thinking small, that is the
biggest obstacle to growth in the convenience store industry.

This is an industry where entrepreneurship
still thrives, and comparatively smaller
chains like Enmarket and Pester Marketing
can leap 54 and 49 steps, respectively, up
the Top 100 ranking in a single year (see our
cover story on page 36).

Now Available Exclusively on CSNews.com
Find the convenience store industry's most
comprehensive listing of the Top 250 chains -
ranks, store names, all commodity sales volume,
number of franchised/licensed stores, and number
of company-operated stores.

As I pointed out last year, this is a robust
industry with new companies cracking the

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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
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Silver, Best Original Research, June 2015

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

2018 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award
Finalist, Best Editorial Use of Data, June 2017

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

2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award

2013 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
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Honorable Mention, Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles,
June 2016

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Jon Bratta
Core-Mark
International Inc.

Danielle Mattiussi
Maverik Inc.

Rick Crawford
Green Valley
Grocery
Edward Davidson
ER Davidson &
Associates
(7-Eleven Inc.,
retired)

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

2016 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards
Silver, Front Cover Illustration, June 2015

Jack Lewis
GPM Midwest

Finalist, Best Profile, August 2012

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

Brett Atherton
Bolla Management

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

Jim Hachtel
Eby-Brown Co.
Ray Johnson
Speedee Mart
Kirk Leff
McLane Co. Inc.

Kyle McKeen
Alon Brands Inc.
Richard Mione
GPM Southeast
Jonathan Polonsky
Plaid Pantries Inc.
Greg Scriver
Kwik Trip Inc.
Roy Strasburger
Convenience
Management
Services Inc.


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