US CONVENIENCE STORES CONTINUE GROW TH
The number of U.S. convenience stores increased to
154,195 as of Dec. 31, 2015. That’s a 0.9 percent increase
( 1,401 stores) from 2014, according to the 2016 NACS/
Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
Within the retail universe that Nielsen tracks, convenience
stores account for 34. 2 percent of all outlets in the U.S.,
which is significantly higher than the U.S. total of other retail
channels including superettes, supermarket and supercenters
( 51,055 stores), drug stores ( 41,969 stores) and dollar stores
( 27,378 stores).
Overall, 80. 7 percent of convenience stores (124,374) sell
The convenience retailing industry continues to be
dominated by single-store operators, which account for 63. 1
percent of all convenience stores (97,359 stores total) and
74. 3 percent of store growth in 2015.
The industry has roughly doubled in size during the past
three decades. At year-end 1985, there were 90,900 convenience stores. At year-end 1995, there were 101,100 stores.
And at year-end 2005, there were 140,655 stores.
Among the states, Texas continues to lead in store count
with 15,607 stores. The rest of the top 10 states for convenience stores are: California ( 11,540); Florida ( 9,909); New
York ( 8,446); Georgia ( 6,765); North Carolina ( 6,330); Ohio
( 5,605); Michigan, ( 4,880); Illinois ( 4,732); and Pennsylvania
( 4,706). All states experienced year-over-year increases with
the exception of Georgia (down one store) and Michigan
(down 27 stores).
The bottom three states in store count are: Alaska (206
stores); Wyoming (357); and Delaware (350).
PETROTEC GROUP ARRIVES IN BOTSWANA
The Petrotec Group recently began operating in Botswana.
The first projects were carried out for the country’s air force
and the Botswana Power Corp.
The Petrotec Group closed 2015 with two more projects
relevant to the group’s strategic growth. The audit of the
renovation of an air
force base and the
renovation of the
station of Botswana
Power Corp. marked
the group’s entry in
The two projects were carried out by Petroassist Southern
Africa (a subsidiary in South Africa) in partnership with the
group’s local representative, AIP Botswana.
The first project consisted of analyzing the compliance with
the international Joint Inspection Group (JIG) requirements
of a local air force base after the implementation of refurbish-ment works.
The second project, carried out at the end of November,
consisted of replacing two fuel bombs for Petrotec Euro 1000
Pumps and the general review of the mechanical and electrical installations.
The group enters 2016 with operations in 82 countries,
covered by Petrotec products and services.
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