In 2014, it was GPM Investments LLC and its 120-percent store count increase, mostly driven by its acquisition of VPS Convenience Store Group's Southeast division. In 2015, it was Speedway LLC and its 86-percent growth spurt on the heels of purchasing Hess Corp.'s retail network. In 2016, it was Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. with a 39.4-percent boost to its U.S. footprint following its takeover of The Pantry Inc., parent of the Kangaroo Express chain.
This year, Western Refining Inc. joins the ranks atop the Convenience Store News Top 20 Growth Chains list. Between January 2016 and January 2017, the El Paso, Texas-based company saw its convenience store portfolio jump 119.4 percent, adding 295 net new stores for a total store count of 542.
The annual ranking, now in its sixth year, is based on store count figures provided by TDLinx, a service of Nielsen.
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