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The Top 100 Convenience Store Chains of 2020

EG America jumped four spots in this year’s ranking to break into the top 10.

Coronavirus Challenges Result in Red-Ink First Half for C-store Industry  

Midyear Report Card shows most in-store product categories were negatively impacted.

Convenience store retailers have little choice but to rapidly innovate as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on their foodservice business.

C-store foodservice shoppers don’t want to have to sacrifice quality for price.

Under increasing pressure, the convenience store industry’s single-store owners and small chains are responding to adversity with creativity and innovation.

Eighty percent of respondents have not announced when restrictions will be lifted.

Beer buying drives men to c-stores, while candy buying is a sweet spot for women.

Candy and snacks fulfill various need states for consumers — from satisfying a craving, to treating or rewarding themselves, to supporting their emotional wellbeing, to taking part in important holidays and celebrations. In this special “Candy & Snacks Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the candy, salty snacks and alternative snacks categories.

Despite new regulations further challenging the business, tobacco remains a top moneymaker for the nation's convenience stores. In this special “Tobacco Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the cigarettes and other tobacco products categories.

Most respondents expect their business to return to 75 percent of normal by July 1.

Three-quarters of convenience store shoppers patronize the same store every time.

Now a core component of many convenience store retailers' strategic plans, foodservice has solidified itself as a critical puzzle piece in convenience retailing success today. In this special “Foodservice Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the prepared food and dispensed beverage categories.

C-stores posted strong 2019 in-store sales and profits, but that performance will be near-impossible to duplicate in the wake of COVID-19.

C-stores are expanding their offerings, giving shoppers reasons to spend more per visit.

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