Top Convenience Stores
7-Eleven is pulling away from the pack as the U.S. convenience chain with the most stores. In the past year, the Dallas-based division of Japanese c-store giant Seven & i Holdings Co. widened its store count lead over Big Oil companies Shell Oil Products US, BP plc and Chevron Corp., and even Canada-based c-store giant, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., which operates the Circle K brand in the United States. The Convenience Store News' Top 100 convenience store chains added approximately 1,700 net new stores in the past year, a 3% increase to 59,434 stores. All together, the Top 100, listed at the link, account for 40.1% of the convenience industry's 148,126 stores.