Headquarters:Cincinnati, Ohio
No. of Stores:989
Rank:8
Rank Last Year:10
Website:http://www.eurogarages.com

In only its second year on CSP’s Top 202, EG Group moves up two notches to No. 8. EG Group closed on its purchase of Kroger Co.’s 762 c-stores in April 2018. The international retailer, with global headquarters in Blackburn, U.K., has continued to acquire U.S. chains since. The company also established its U.S. headquarters in Cincinnati after acquiring the Kroger c-stores.

Notably in 2018, EG Group acquired TravelCenters of America’s 225 stand-alone Minit Mart c-stores in September, further growing its U.S. store count.

EG Group was founded as Euro Garages in 2001, when it acquired a single gas station near Manchester, U.K. Euro Garages continued to acquire sites over the next decade until it was merged with European Forecourt Retail Group, with more than 1,100 sites split between Belgium and France, in 2014. The combined companies became EG Group.

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic. For benchmarking purposes, store counts are year-end 2018.