What C-Store Chain Made 'Most Popular Stores' List?

Walmart tops list dominated by fast feeders, discount retail, pharmacy

Published in CSP Daily News

DALLAS -- Convenience store retailer 7-Eleven Inc. was ranked among America's 10 most popular stores by 24/7WallSt.com, citing data from According to data provided by Placed, a consumer habits data service provider that monitors behavior of more than 150,000 American consumers at 150 million locations daily.

The most popular brands are primarily in the fast-food, discount retail and pharmacy segments. Half of the most visited retailers are fast-food chains. Placed founder and CEO David Shim explained that while you don't need household supplies every day, "three times a day or more you need to eat, so there's a higher propensity to visit these types of businesses." The lower price per transaction at fast-food chains compared to other retailers also helps them to attract consumers, Shim noted.

Consumers also regularly shop at the country's biggest drugstore chains and big-box retailers. In addition to selling widely purchased goods, these retailers have the most locations in the country. Walgreens, 7-Eleven and CVS Caremark all had more than 7,000 U.S. locations in 2012, among the most stores nationwide. Food chains were even more numerous. Subway, McDonald's and Starbucks were all among the top five companies by store count, each with well over 14,000 U.S. locations in 2012.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart led the list; Dallas-based 7-Eleven took the No. 10 spot.

  • 7-Eleven:
  • Index score, women: 93
  • Index score, men: 107
  • Store count: 7,672
  • One-year stock-price change: N/A
  • Store category: Gas stations and convenience
  • Comments: While 7-Eleven is a common sight in many Americans towns, the c-store is also quite prominent outside the United States. Remarkably, the vast majority of 7-Eleven sales--more than 85%--came from outside the U.S. Unlike other popular stores, Americans earning between $25,000 and $50,000 were less likely than the average American to visit 7-Eleven. Wealthier consumers, on the other hand--those earning more than $100,000--were more likely to visit 7-Eleven. Despite its popularity in the states, 7-Eleven spent relatively little on advertising. The chain did not make AdAge's top 100 leading national advertisers rank in 2012.

The full list:

1.      Walmart

2.      McDonald's

3.      Subway

4.      Starbucks

5.      Walgreens

6.      Target

7.      CVS Caremark

8.      Burger King

9.      Taco Bell

10.  7-Eleven

Click here to view the full 24/7WallSt.com report.

Part for CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers