Convenience stores are becoming Grocerants with ready-2-eat fresh prepared food. Nielsen’s TDLinx report found, as of December 31, 2011, “the total store count of convenience stores is 30,000-plus locations greater than the cumulative totals of competing channels, including supermarkets (32,924 stores), drug stores (38,526 stores) dollar stores (22,782 stores) and superettes (13,234 stores).”
December 31, 2011, a 1.2% increase (1,785 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
When you look at the population of the United States as of Dec. 31, 2011, there was an estimated 313 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Today there is one convenience per approximately every 2,100 U.S. residents.”
7 Eleven is an example of one leading chain hat is opening many of its new stores without gas as a component and is instead focusing on Fresh Food. “The continued growth in store count shows our industry is vibrant and adding jobs in difficult economic times. Convenience stores are an essential part of the fabric of everyday life across the country and our core offer of convenience continues to resonate with customers,” said NACS Chairman Tom Robinson, president of Robinson Oil in Santa Clara, California.
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