With locations throughout North Carolina, the Spinx convenience-store chain has grown significantly from a single location, which opened in 1972. The chain was started by former Shell employee Stewart Spinks when he expanded his home-heating-oil company and gas station into the c-store business.

Foodservice is a major focus for the chain. Every new store has a commercial kitchen that allows employees to prepare everything from egg biscuits to fried chicken. The chain's Fresh on the Go menu includes fresh produce, daily-made sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as fruit, veggie and yogurt cups.

In January 2018, Spinx opened its largest c-store yet, a more than 6,000-square-foot site in Moncks Corner, S.C., designed to focus on made-to-order food and face-to-face convenience. Click here to see a slideshow of the store.

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic. For benchmarking purposes, store counts are year-end 2017.

Photo courtesy of Spinx. 

Headquarters:Greenville, South Carolina
No. of Stores:80
Rank Last Year:71