ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The number of convenience stores in the United States rose to a record 154,958 locations as of Dec. 31, 2017, according to the 2018 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.

This marks an increase of 0.3 percent, or 423 stores.

“Our continued store growth suggests that the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s core offer of convenience continues to resonate with customers,” said Chris Rapanick, director of business development at NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing. “Convenience stores are the destination of choice for the more than 160 million customers who frequent their community convenience store each day to refresh and refuel, whether it’s to grab a quick snack and a beverage, or a fresh-prepared meal.”

The c-store count is significantly higher than other channels of trade and accounts for 34.4 percent of the brick and mortar retail…

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