Saturday, June 1, 2019

Food Retailers Occupy 16 of the top 20 Spots On Most Popular Stores List

Success does leave clues and foot traffic and sales are key to drivers of success according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
According to a report by Mike Monteiro of 24/7 Wall St., grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food retailers occupy 16 of the top 20 most popular stores in the United States. In compiling the list, the news outlet reviewed foot traffic patterns provided by data service company Placed Insights, which calculated the percentage of Americans 13 and older who visited various stores in April 2019, as well as U.S. sales and store count data from company financial documents.
Here is the list of the top 16 companies selling Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food:
 1. Walmart
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 2.00%
> Pct. of department store visitors in April: 47.23%
> No. of U.S. stores: 5,368
> Annual revenue: $514.4 billion
Capturing nearly half of all department store visitors in the United States, Walmart reported $514.4 billion in net sales in fiscal 2019. Though many retailers are struggling to compete with Amazon, Walmart reported the best first quarter overall sales in nearly a decade, demonstrating its brick-and-mortar operations are running strong. Walmart’s ad spending topped $3 billion in 2018. There are more than 5,300 Walmart locations in the United States, including Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club stores.
2. McDonald’s
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 1.57%
> Pct. of restaurant visitors in April: 8.51%
> No. of U.S. stores: 13,914
> Annual revenue: $21.0 billion
It is no surprise to American consumers that McDonald’s is the most visited restaurant — it has been consistently for years. Consistency is synonymous with McDonald’s, from years of growing guest counts to 15 consecutive quarters of positive global comparable sales growth. The company was able to return $8.5 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends in 2018. Looking to the future, McDonald’s aims to continue its growth trend among American consumers by focusing on additional coffee shop products, like donut sticks and new McCafé coffee offerings.
 3. Starbucks
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 1.13%
> Pct. of cafe, coffee house, & tea house visitors in April: 77.94%
> No. of U.S. stores: 14,606
> Annual revenue: $24.7 billion
Nearly 78% of Americans who purchased their lattes on-the-go in March did it at Starbucks. The number of Starbucks stores — both company owned and franchises — increased significantly between fiscal year 2017 and 2018. The major coffee chain has reported revenue growth of over $1 billion year-over-year since at least 2014. Starbucks reported a 10% increase in net revenue in 2018. Starbucks has more stores than any other coffee shop in the nation.

4. Walgreens
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.92%
> Pct. of pharmacies visitors in April: 34.63%
> No. of U.S. stores: 9,451
> Annual revenue: $30.8 billion
The most popular pharmacy in America so far this year is Walgreens. The company reported a 11.27% revenue growth in 2018 from 2017. In addition to Walgreens popular stores — which include both Walgreens and Duane Reade stores — the company also owns a handful of product lines that sell globally, including No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP, and Botanics. Walgreens not only claimed more than a third of American pharmacy visitors in March, but it also filled over 1 billion prescriptions during fiscal year 2018.
5. Subway
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.82%
> Pct. of restaurant visitors in April: 4.44%
> No. of U.S. stores: 24,304
> Annual revenue: N/A
With 24,304 stores in the United States, and counting, Subway has more locations than any other restaurant chain. It is one of the largest privately owned food companies in the nation and the most popular quick-service restaurant for submarine sandwiches (subs) and salads. Subway’s rank as the second most popular restaurant franchise in America has not been challenged from last year, but its market share has declined significantly due to an increase in competition from smaller players. After peaking at more than 27,000 locations in 2015, the chain has since closed more stores than it opened.
 6. 7-Eleven
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.70%
> Pct. of gas stations & convenience stores visitors in April: 13.78%
> No. of U.S. stores: 9,573
> Annual revenue: $109.9 billion
7-Eleven captured the most convenience store shoppers this April at 13.78% of all shoppers who visited convenience stores. 7-Eleven’s primary convenience store business is thriving, with revenues growing by 29.8% in the first quarter of this year. In addition, the company recently opened 903 U.S. stores for a total of 9,573 U.S. locations.

7. CVS
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.70%

> Pct. of pharmacies visitors in April: 26.42%
> No. of U.S. stores: 9,900 (Locations in U.S. and Brazil)
> Annual revenue: $194.6 billion
CVS stores were the second most visited pharmacy and health care stores in the U.S. market in April of 2019. The Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based retailer and pharmacy chain reported $194.58 billion in revenue in 2019. Recent political changes have reshaped the health care market, and pharmacies like CVS must adapt. The company was on the hook for a $157 million Health Insurer Fee, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
 8. Target
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.62%
> Pct. of department stores visitors in April: 14.74%
> No. of U.S. stores: 1,844
> Annual revenue: $75.4 billion
Target, America’s eighth most popular store in April, reported a 36% increase in revenue and at 0.8% increase in profits in 2019 from the year before. With China tariffs beginning to take their toll on department stores that heavily source from that region, it remains to be seen if this growth will continue. Margins in the space have been under pressure for some time due to the negative variables of both tariffs and digital platforms.
9. Dunkin’ Donuts
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.56%
> Pct. of bagel & doughnut store visitors in April: 80.62%
> No. of U.S. stores: 9,419
> Annual revenue: $1.3 billion
Dunkin’ Donuts dominates the bagel and doughnut store category by capturing over 80% of Americans who entered those types of shops in April. Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin Donuts, also owns Baskin-Robbins, an ice cream parlor chain. Baskin Robbins is far less popular than Dunkin Donuts, though it captures an estimated 18.64% of all ice cream shop foot traffic.
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10. Dollar Tree
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.55%
> Pct. of discount stores, warehouses & wholesale stores visitors in April:22.33%
> No. of U.S. stores: 6,776
> Annual revenue: $22.8 billion
Dollar Tree is the most popular discount store in the United States by foot traffic. Dollar Tree-branded discount store locations accounted for 22.33% of all discount store visitors in the United States in April.
In July 2015, Dollar Tree acquired rival discount brand Family Dollar and its more than 8,200 store locations. Family Dollar brand stores are slightly less popular than Dollar Tree, with 0.29% of total foot traffic. For now, the parent company announced it is committed to continuing to expand both brands, rather than rebrand as a single entity.
 11. Dollar General
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.51%
> Pct. of discount stores, warehouses & wholesale stores visitors in April:19.98%
> No. of U.S. stores: 15,472
> Annual revenue: $25.6 billion
Not including restaurants or the post office, Dollar General has among the most stores of retail stores on this list. Consumables like paper products, cleaning supplies, perishable foods, and health and beauty products are Dollar General’s largest driver of business, accounting for over three quarters of total sales.
Dollar General brought in nearly 20% of discount store foot traffic in April. The company also reported a 9.2% increase in revenue in fiscal 2019.
 12. Taco Bell
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.50%
> Pct. of restaurants visitors in April: 2.73%
> No. of U.S. stores: 6,446
> Annual revenue: $10.8 billion
Taco Bell is a division of Yum! Brands and has 6,446 stores in the United States. It is the third most popular restaurant in the country, though it also ranks behind Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, which serve food as well. Taco Bell reported $10.79 billion in revenue in 2018. Taco Bell ranks behind fellow Yum! Brands restaurants Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken in terms of revenue, but has captured a much higher share of retail foot traffic in the United States.

 13. Shell
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.48%
> Pct. of gas stations & convenience stores visitors in April: 9.45%
> No. of U.S. stores: 14,000
> Annual revenue: $388.4 billion
Of the different convenience store gas stations, Shell’s were the second most popular in the United States. Shell’s stores were visited by 0.5% of all American shoppers in April, and by 9.45% of gas station and convenience store shoppers. Shell’s revenues ($388.38 billion in 2018), were predominantly from businesses in its downstream operations, including oil products and chemicals.
 14. Kroger
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.46%
> Pct. of supermarkets & groceries visitors in April: 9.19%
> No. of U.S. stores: 2,764
> Annual revenue: $121.2 billion
Kroger, the most popular grocery store in April of 2019, welcomed more than twice the share of visitors as the next most popular grocery chain. This may come as a surprise to coastal readers, as Kroger only captures less than 0.15% of supermarket shoppers on the West Coast and Northeast. In the South and Midwest, however, 60% and 40% of shoppers, respectively choose Kroger for their grocery shopping.

 17. Burger King
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.43%
> Pct. of restaurants visitors in April: 2.32%
> No. of U.S. stores: 17,796 (Worldwide locations)
> Annual revenue: $1.7 billion
Burger King is an American-founded, Canadian-owned restaurant chain. Parent Restaurant Brands International (RBI) also owns Popeyes, yet Burger King is king within RBI, bringing in more in sales than Popeyes in the United States. Popeyes only captured 0.63% of American restaurant visitors compared to 2.32% for Burger King. RBI said it plans to have 40,000 locations by 2030, more than McDonald’s, with the additional stores likely spread across its three brands.
 18. Wendy’s
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.41%
> Pct. of restaurants visitors in April: 2.24%
> No. of U.S. stores: 5,810
> Annual revenue: $1.6 billion
The Wendy’s Company has 5,810 Wendy’s locations in the United States alone. Only 353 of these restaurants are corporate owned, and 5,457 are franchised. Together, they accounted for 2.24% of American restaurant visits in April 2019. This share is similar to other fast food peers like Taco Bell and Burger King. Wendy’s has about half the amount of foot traffic as Subway and a quarter of that of McDonald’s.
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