Convenience channel players still find a way to grow in the face of unprecedented challenges.
The Top 20
Growth continues to be a hot topic even as the global COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of the convenience retail industry. Even with a slowdown in mergers and acquisitions and new store construction over the past year, the channel's players still found a way to grow in the face of unprecedented challenges. Comparing c-store retailer store counts from January 2020 to January 2021, this year’s Convenience Store News Top 20 Growth Chains added a combined 898 stores for an average growth rate of 13 percent, vs. last year when 2,214 stores were added for a 23.1 percent growth rate.
Meet the 2021 Top 20 Growth Chains: