a retail business with primary emphasis placed on providing the public a convenient location to quickly purchase from a wide variety of consumable products (predominantly food or food and gasoline) and services
According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the definition of a convenience store is as follows: 1) While building size may vary significantly, typically the size will be less than 5,000 sq ft; 2) Have off-street parking and/or convenient pedestrian access; 3) Extended hours of operation with many open 24 hours, seven days a week; 4) Offer at least 500 stock keeping units (SKUs); and 5) Product mix includes grocery type items, and also includes items from the following groups: beverages, snacks (including confectionery) and tobacco.
A food-oriented retailer that is well located, is open long hours, and carries a moderate number of items. It is small, has average to above-average prices, and average atmosphere and customer services.
Any full-line, self-service grocery store offering limited line of high-convenience items. Open long hours and provides easy access. The majority sell gasoline with an annual sales of $2 million or more.
A small, higher-margin store that offers an edited selection of staple groceries, non-foods, and other convenience food items, i.e., ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat foods. The traditional format includes those stores that started out as strictly convenience stores but might also sell gasoline.
A retail outlet whose unique appeal is its convenience for customers. To be successful it needs to: be open for long hours; be located near to its regular customers, and sell proucts that those customers particularly need.
A convenience store is a small store or shop, generally accessible or local. They are often located alongside busy roads, or at gas/petrol stations. This can take the form of gas stations supplementing their income with retail outlets, or convenience stores adding gas to the list of goods that they offer.