US Convenience Stores market report
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For the purposes of this Report, Mintel defines convenience stores as establishments that retail a limited line of goods, primarily groceries and ready-to-consume beverages and snacks, in easily accessible locations. The majority of convenience stores also sell motor fuel.
According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), common characteristics of convenience stores include:
- Building size of less than 5,000 square feet
- Stock of at least 500 stock-keeping units (SKUs)
- Off-street parking and/or convenient pedestrian access
- Extended hours of operation with many open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Note: This Report builds on the analysis presented in Mintel’s Convenience Stores – US, March 2016 and 2014. While it will discuss convenience store foodservice, this will not be a central area of focus. Mintel’s Convenience Store Foodservice – US, March 2018 is an important companion to this Report that focuses specifically on c-store foodservice.
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Written by Diana Smith, a leading analyst in the Retail & Apparel sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Faced with declines in motor fuel rates, cigarette smokers, and carbonated soda drinkers in recent years, the convenience store (c-store) industry is in a state of change as it looks toward other product areas and innovations to drive sales. Leading retailers in the industry are focused first and foremost on adding healthier food and beverage items to their assortments. Beyond that, big advancements in the coming year and beyond are likely to include home delivery, scan and go checkout options, mobile payment, and improved loyalty programs that better leverage customer data, analytics, and technology.
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