C-store Chains Among Top 100 Largest Private Cos.
Overall, 224 companies made the list, up from 220 last year. Taken as a group, these companies have combined revenues of $1.61 trillion, an 8-percent increase over the previous year, according to the magazine.
Two convenience industry chains, Pilot Flying J and Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, made the top 10, coming in at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. According to Forbes, Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J has 650 travel stops, 20,000 employees and $30.43 billion in revenue. Oklahoma City-based Love's has more than 300 locations, 10,600 employees and $26.09 billion in revenue.
The two chains were not the only c-store retailers appearing on the list. They were joined by: Cumberland Farms (No. 18), QuikTrip Corp. (No. 30), RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. (No. 39), Wawa Inc. (No. 40), Sinclair Oil (No. 45), Sheetz Inc. (No. 58), Kum & Go LC (No. 88), Red Apple Group (No. 99), and Holiday Cos. (No. 101).
Industry-related companies also making an appearance on this year's list include Cargill (No. 1), Mars Inc. (No. 5), Eby-Brown Co. (No. 67) and H.T. Hackney (No. 109).