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C-Stores as a Source of Food

Touch the Soil News #629

It’s no secret, there are lots of C-Stores in America – 154,535 as of the end of 2016. C-Stores have become a fusion of grocery stores, restaurants and health snack stop. They are competing ferociously with grocery stores who are increasingly offering ready to eat foods and prepared foods for takeout.

The number of C-Store outlets has increased by 63 percent over the last 30 years. In addition, there are 25 percent more C-Store locations than there are supermarkets, superstores, drug stores and dollar stores.

The nation’s top 10 C-Stores are (source C-Store News):

7-Eleven                                      8,273 stores

Couche-Tard (Circle K)         7,276 stores

Shell Oil / Motive                     4,830 stores

BP North America                   3,766 stores

Chevron                                       3,508 stores

Exxon Mobile                             3,365 stores

Marathon Petroleum              2,770 stores

Casey’s General Stores           1,896 stores

Sunoco                                          1,667 stores

CITGO                                           1,553 stores

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