List of US Convenience Stores

A convenience store, corner store, or corner shop, is a small store that stocks
a range of everyday items such as groceries, toiletries, alcoholic and soft
drinks, tobacco products, and newspapers. Such stores may also offer money order
and wire transfer services. They differ from general stores and village shops in
that they are not in a rural location and are used as a convenient supplement to
larger stores.

A convenience store may be part of a gas/petrol station. It may be located
alongside a busy road, in an urban area, or near a railway or railroad station
or other transport hub. In some countries, convenience stores have long shopping
hours, some being open 24 hours.

In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion.
Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales
in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of every 22 dollars of the overall
$15.04 trillion U.S. gross domestic product. In Spanish-speaking areas of the
U.S., convenience stores are oftentimes called a “bodega”, which literally means
“warehouse” in Spanish.

The first chain convenience store in the United States was opened in Dallas,
Texas in 1927 by the Southland Ice Company, which eventually became 7-Eleven,
the largest convenience store chain. In 1939, a dairy owner named J.J. Lawson
started a store at his dairy plant near Akron, Ohio, to sell his milk. The
Lawson’s Milk Company grew to a chain of stores, primarily in Ohio. Circle K,
another large company-owned convenience store chain, was founded in 1951. Since
that time many different convenience store brands have developed, and their
stores may either be corporate-owned or franchises. The items offered for sale
tend to be similar despite store brand, and almost always include milk, bread,
soft drinks, cigarettes, phone cards, coffee, slushees, candy bars, Twinkies,
Slim Jims, hot dogs, ice cream, candy, gum, lip balm, chips, pretzels, popcorn,
beef jerky, doughnuts, maps, magazines, newspapers, small toys, car supplies,
feminine hygiene products, cat food, dog food, and toilet paper. Other less
common items include sandwiches, pizza, and frozen foods. Nearly all convenience
stores also have an automated teller machine (ATM), though other banking
services are usually not available. State lottery tickets are also available at
these stores.

In 1966, the U.S. convenience store industry first recorded $1 billion in sales.
By the end of the decade, the industry had recorded $3.5 billion a year in
sales. By the late 1960s, the amount of 24-hour convenience stores increased to
meet the needs of a younger population and people who were working late night or
early morning shifts. Not surprisingly, the first 24-hour store opened in Las
Vegas in 1963.

Some convenience stores in the United States also sell gasoline. Only 2,500
stores had self-serve at the pump by 1969. It was not until the 1970s that
retailers realized selling gasoline could be profitable—and competitive.[26] In
2011, there were approximately 47,195 gas stations with convenience stores that
generated $326 billion in revenue. Out of those over 3,008 of the gas stations
had gas station TV installed at the gas station pumps.

Policies regarding the sale of adult magazines vary, but generally larger chains
(such as 7-Eleven and Casey’s General Stores) do not sell these items, while
smaller independent stores may do so. One notable exception to this “rule” is
fast-growing regional chain Sheetz, which does sell some soft-core pornographic
material such as Playboy (including its various “special” issues), Penthouse,
and Playgirl.

Because the laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages vary from state to
state in the United States, the availability of beer, wine, and liquor varies
greatly. For example, while convenience stores in Alaska, Pennsylvania and New
Jersey cannot sell any kind of alcohol at all, stores in Nevada, New Mexico, and
California may sell alcoholic beverages of any sort, while stores in Virginia,
Idaho, or Oregon can sell beer and wine, but not liquor. Similar to grocery
stores, convenience stores in New York can sell beer only, not wine or liquor.
Altoona, Pennsylvania-based Sheetz tried to find a loophole in 2007 by
classifying part of one of their prototype stores in Altoona as a restaurant,
which would permit alcohol sales. However, state courts in Pennsylvania promptly
overruled this. State law requires restaurants to have on-site consumption, but
Sheetz did not do this. Sheetz continues to sell alcohol in other states.

Convenience stores to some extent replaced the old-fashioned general store. They
are similar but not identical to Australian milk bars. In Britain, corner shops
in towns and village shops in the countryside served similar purposes and were
the precursors to the modern European convenience store (e.g. SPAR). In the
Canadian province of Quebec, dépanneurs (often referred to as “deps” in English)
are often family-owned neighbourhood shops that serve similar purposes. Truck
stops, also known as “travel centers”, combine a shop offering similar goods
with a convenience store with amenities for professional drivers of semi-trailer
trucks. This may include fast food restaurants, showers and facilities for
buying large quantities of diesel fuel. The equivalent in Europe is the motorway
service station.

Neighborhood grocery stores not big enough to be considered a supermarket often
compete with convenience stores. For example, in Los Angeles, CA, a local chain
operates neighborhood grocery stores that fill a niche between a traditional
supermarket and convenience store. Because they stock fresh fruit and fresh meat
and carry upwards of 5000 items, they have a lot in common with the supermarket.
Due to the relatively small store size, customers can get in and out
conveniently, or have purchases delivered. In Brussels, Belgium, conveniences
stores are known as night shops.

List of US Convenience Stores:

Arizona

Circle K (Tempe, Arizona)

California

ampm (La Palma, California), located at ARCO gas stations
ExtraMile (San Ramon, California), at Chevron gas stations
Famima!! (Torrance, California), owned by FamilyMart

Colorado

Loaf ‘N Jug (Pueblo, Colorado), a division of Kroger

Florida

Gate Petroleum (Jacksonville, Florida)

Georgia

RaceTrac (Atlanta, Georgia)

Hawaii

ABC Stores (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Aloha Island Mart (Honolulu, Hawaii), owned by Aloha Petroleum
Sullivan Family of Companies (Honolulu, Hawaii), owns several chains in
Hawaii

Idaho

Albertsons Express (Boise, Idaho), owned by Supervalu
Roady’s Truck Stops (New Plymouth, Idaho)

Illinois

Jewel Express (Itasca, Illinois)
Road Ranger (Rockford, Illinois)

Indiana

Martin’s Fuel Centers (South Bend, Indiana)

Iowa

Casey’s General Stores (Ankeny, Iowa), concentrated in the Midwestern US,
primarily in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri
Kum & Go (Hampton, Iowa), operates in the Midwestern US

Kansas

Kwik Shop (Hutchinson, Kansas), a division of Kroger

Kentucky

Thorntons (Louisville, Kentucky)

Maryland

Dash In (La Plata, Maryland)
High’s Dairy Store (Hanover, Maryland)
Royal Farms (Baltimore, Maryland)
Stuckey’s (Silver Spring, Maryland)

Massachusetts

Cumberland Farms (Framingham, Massachusetts), locations throughout New
England
Tedeschi Food Shops (Rockland, Massachusetts), also Lil Peach and Store 24,
locations throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire

Michigan

Quality Dairy (Lansing, Michigan)

Minnesota

Cenex (Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota), owned by CHS Inc.
Holiday Stationstores (Bloomington, Minnesota)
SuperAmerica (Woodbury, Minnesota), aka ‘SA’, operates in the Midwestern
United States

Mississippi

Jr. Food Mart (Flowood, Mississippi)

Missouri

Break Time (Columbia, Missouri), owned by MFA Oil

Montana

Town Pump (Butte, Montana), operates truck stops with casinos in Montana

New Jersey

Quick Chek (Whitehouse, New Jersey)

New Mexico

Allsup’s (Roswell, New Mexico)

New York

Dairy Barn (East Northport, New York)
Hess Corporation (New York City, New York), locations throughout the
northeast and mid-Atlantic
NOCO Express (Tonawanda, New York)
Stewart’s Shops (Saratoga Springs, New York)

North Carolina

Kangaroo Express, formerly Petro Express, now owned by The Pantry
The Pantry (Cary, North Carolina), operating under various names in the
southeastern United States
VPS Convenience (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Ohio

Convenient Food Mart (Mentor, Ohio)
Monnettes’ Market (Toledo, Ohio)
Speedway (Enon, Ohio), owned by Marathon Petroleum
TravelCenters of America (Westlake, Ohio)
United Dairy Farmers (Cincinnati, Ohio), operates in Ohio

Oklahoma

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), operates
truck stops
QuikTrip (Tulsa, Oklahoma), primarily found in the Midwestern and Southern
United States

Oregon

Dari Mart (Junction City, Oregon)
Plaid Pantry (Beaverton, Oregon), operates locations in Oregon and
Washington

Pennsylvania

A-Plus (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), located at Sunoco gas stations
Acme Express (Malvern, Pennsylvania), Greater Philadelphia
GetGo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), locations throughout western Pennsylvania,
western Maryland, northern West Virginia, and Ohio, a division of Giant
Eagle
Kwik Fill / Red Apple / Country Fair (Warren, Pennsylvania), locations
throughout central and western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and western New
York
Mini Mart (Lewistown, Pennsylvania), locations throughout the Lewistown,
State College, and Williamsport areas of Pennsylvania
Rutter’s (York, Pennsylvania), locations throughout central and eastern
Pennsylvania
Sheetz (Altoona, Pennsylvania), locations throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio,
West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and North

Carolina
Tom’s Convenience Store (York, Pennsylvania)
Turkey Hill (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), locations throughout central and
eastern Pennsylvania and central Ohio
Wawa (Wawa, Pennsylvania), locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Delaware, eastern Maryland, and eastern Virginia

Tennessee

Pilot Flying J (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Pilot Food Mart (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Weigel’s (Powell, Tennessee)

Texas

7-Eleven (Dallas, Texas)
Exxon (Irving, Texas)
Stripes Convenience Stores (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Valero Corner Store (San Antonio, Texas)

Vermont

Jiffy Mart (Perkinsville, Vermont), locations throughout Vermont and western
New Hampshire

Virginia

Farm Fresh Express (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

West Virginia

Go-Mart, convenience store chain with locations in West Virginia, Virginia,
Kentucky and Ohio

Wisconsin

Kwik Trip / Kwik Star (La Crosse, Wisconsin), Kwik Trip in Wisconsin and
Minnesota, and Kwik Star in Iowa
PDQ Food Stores (Middleton, Wisconsin), operates locations in Minnesota,
Wisconsin and California