Source: Supermarket News
The very definition of convenience retailing is an experience of access and ease for shoppers. There’s no ambiguity. The experience must be convenient, period. And the convenience store, or c-store, market is huge. In 2019, 3.1% of the U.S. GDP resulted from $647.8 billion in combined in-store and fuel sales at c-stores. With nearly 153,000 c-stores across the country, just under 45% of the U.S. population lives within a mile of a c-store.In some rural regions, c-stores are the primary destination for groceries, prepared foods, fuel and other vital services.