The Five Biggest Movers in the 2016 Top 101
Which retailers made the biggest jumps on CSP’s third-annual list and how?
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – As CSP’s editors pulled together this year’s Convenience Top 101, a list of the largest convenience-store chains in the United States and Canada, all eyes were on Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K. Would the relative newcomer (Couche-Tard first entered the U.S. in 2001) unseat the godfather of convenience retailing, 7-Eleven Inc.
With its acquisition of The Pantry/Kangaroo Express c-store chain (No. 6 on our list a year ago), among other growth activity, Couche-Tard’s store count is up 1,544 sites over its 2015 profile. But even with 7,276 stores, the Laval, Quebec-based chain didn’t have enough sites to unseat powerhouse 7-Eleven, Dallas, and its 8,273 sites, which is actually five stores fewer than a year ago.