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Central C-Store 2016 Facts and Stats

10 February 2017
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Discover the top convenience store trends for NACS’ Central region.

The Central region spans across 10 states including Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. NACS reports a store count of 13,363 stores ranging from single stores to 501+ store chains with approximately 8% non-fuel stores.

In 2016, CSP magazine reported top Central c-store chains include:

  • Casey’s General Stores
  • Kum & Go
  • Holiday Stationstores
  • SuperAmerica
  • Hy-Vee Gas
  • Town Pump Food Stores
  • Gasamat/Smoker Friendly
  • Bucky’s Convenience Stores
  • MFA Oil/Break Time

The Central region is one of six regions that the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has defined to help retailers track and benchmark their operation against the industry. NACS has been compiling and presenting convenience store performance since 1969. Their analysis is presented through their NACS state of the Industry Annual Report and presentations.By tracking each region, retailers gain a better understanding of the c-store industry for the region. Based on the statistics, the region is approximately on par with fuel and merchandise margins while underperforming in sales while the foodservice category is underperforming both in terms of sales and margins.

Interested in NACS convenience store foodservice sales and margins benchmarks?

Foodservice sales for the Central region were approximately 12% lower than the national average monthly sales of $32,890. The region’s foodservice gross profit margins averaged 49% versus the national average of approximately 53%.

Interested in NACS convenience store merchandise sales and margins benchmarks?

Merchandise sales for the Central region were approximately 8% lower than the national average monthly sales of $124,001. The region’s merchandise gross profit margins averaged 28% versus the national average of 27%.

Interested in NACS convenience store fuel sales and margins benchmarks?

Fuel sales for the Central region were approximately 19% lower than the national average monthly sales of $353,347. The region’s fuel gross profit margins averaged 9% which is on par with the national average of 9%.

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