We all love convenience stores (c-stores). They are quick and easy to pop in an out of on road trips, needing a quick drink, or wanting a snack. Convenience stores break up your trips and let’s be frank – they’re called convenience stores for a reason. Some of these stores are among some of America’s largest private companies.
Between local stores and large national stores, you can find a c-store on almost every other street corner. Most convenience stores also offer you to fill up on gas. We are going to tell you the 10 best convenience stores in the United States. Whether they have exceptional service, great prices, or amazing food you need to visit them all!
Top C-Stores for You to Visit
All over the United States Marathon Petroleum is one of the largest convenience stores and gas companies in the nation. With more than 5,500 locations the company’s recent revenue is around $3.43 billion. The company offers all kinds of food and snacks for quick stops while filling up on gas and taking a break. Some of the locations even offer car wash services near the convenience store and gas tanks.
With around 3,000 locations Circle K is a Canadian-owned American chain. This convenience store also has over 4,000 locations internationally. You can find Circle K anywhere. Selling items such as coffee, snacks, desserts, and warm and cold sandwiches – you can buy anything there! The company has an estimated revenue of $3.5 billion and acquired around 1,300 stores of CST Brands in recent years.
Listed as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. the Altoona, PA company has a revenue of around $6.4 billion. These convenience stores are located in about six states in the Northeast region of the United States. Currently with about 560 stores the company has had a steady growth of openings and revenue.
Ask anyone from New Jersey, Delaware, or Southeast Pennsylvania and they will tell you Wawa is the best place to be. Serving hoagies, great milkshakes, and coffee constantly Wawa has a revenue of around $9.1 billion. This is one of the few convenient stores truly open 24/7. Located in multiple states in the Northeast U.S. the company has around 800 stores.
Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma QuikTrip started with one store in 1958. Today they have over 780 stores nationwide. The convenient stores sell anything from hot and cold food or sandwiches to donuts and cinnamon rolls. Today the company’s current revenue is around $9.2 billion. QuikTrip also offers you a “Gasoline Guarantee” so if you ever face an issue with a gas purchase at any of their locations they do their best to work with you and solve the issue.
From Framingham, Massachusetts these convenience stores are ranked as one of the top private companies. With $13.2 billion in revenue and over 930 locations Cumberland Farms has come a long way since 1938. Cumberland Farms is a 110-acre farm in Rhode Island that was used for milk production. Still a family owned company, they grew to retail and in the 1970s installed gas pumps at some of their stores.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is one of the largest private companies as rated by Forbes. With more than 450 stores located across the U.S. the company has grown exponentially since its opening in 1964 with a revenue of around $19.5 billion. Still family owned and operated, Love’s gives you a friendly feeling each time you walk into their stores. If you are looking for a location while you are on a road trip check their app and “My Love Rewards”.
Pilot Flying J is one of the most profitable convenience stores with a revenue of about $34.4 billion and over 670 stores. The company serves an estimated 1.3 million customers a day. Pilot Flying J offers everything from gas, food, coffee, snacks and even FedEx and Western Union. The company now has shower facilities and lounge areas at certain locations for drivers.
7-Eleven is one of the most well-known convenience stores in the United States. It is also one of the world’s largest convenience stores located in over 16 countries. 7-Eleven’s sales in 2016 reached $27.03 billion. Constantly acquiring other convenience stores and companies 7-Eleven is a fast-growing company. They are owned by Japanese company Seven & I Holdings. The company projects to have over 20,000 stores in the U.S. and Japan by 2029.
A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest oil companies in the world, Shell Oil is the American company headquartered in Houston, Texas. With more than 4,400 locations a nationwide Shell Oil is one of the most profitable and largest convenience store and gas station companies. Royal Dutch Shell had a revenue of around $305 billion in the year 2017, next to Russian Oil Company Gazprom and Chinese company Sinopec.
These are just a few of the top convenience stores in the nation. There are thousands of local and nationwide gas stations and stores people stop at for a break during drives. Whether you just need a stretch, want a snack and maybe a drink, or truly need to fill up on gas there is no shortage of convenience stores and gas stations.