Convenience stores, also known as corner shops or neighborhood shops, present themselves as the stores always near you. Their product assortment tends to be much more limited compared to that of supermarkets or hypermarkets, but they make up for it by making sure you won’t have to go long ways to reach them. Convenience stores are thus perfect for small spontaneous shopping needs. It is, therefore, no surprise that convenience stores are the most common type of retail business in the world.
Unlike supermarkets let alone hypermarkets, convenience stores usually are not built as big standalone structures. Instead, they tend to be integrated into other buildings, occupying merely one level of the building (usually the first/ground floor). The total sales area of a convenience store seldom exceeds 5,000 square feet or 500 square meters (regional differences may apply) and it is never larger than 10,000 square feet. Not surprisingly, you will find most convenience stores in urban areas with relatively high population densities where these stores can most efficiently serve a maximum number of people. Additionally, convenience stores are often also integrated within gas stations in many parts of the world.
While many convenience stores are still independently run these days, most are part of large store chains with multiple locations not just within one city, but within entire countries, in multiple countries, or even globally on multiple continents.
The following list ranks the Top 10 biggest convenience store chains in the world based on the number of chain stores each of them runs.
Note: Only convenience stores are counted here. Other types of retail businesses, such as supermarkets, hypermarkets, drug stores, or online stores, are not part of this ranking.
Check out the Top 10 rankings for other store types right here:
Top 10 Biggest Chains of Convenience Stores in the World
7-Eleven, Inc., styled as 7 ELEVEn, is an American multinational chain of retail convenience stores, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The chain was founded in 1927 as an ice house storefront in Dallas. It was named Tote’m Stores between 1928 and 1946.
2. Easy Joy
Easy Joy, China’s largest convenience store chain with 190 million loyalty club members.
Circle K Sunkus was a chain of company-operated and franchised convenience stores in Japan. The company is a division of UNY Co., Ltd., which licensed the Circle K name from Alimentation Couche-Tard, a Canadian convenience store company that owns the Circle K brand
Meiyijia Convenience Store Co. Ltd. operates convenience stores. The Company retails fruits, delicatessen products, sweets, snacks, beverages
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Oxxo (stylized as OXXO) is a Mexican chain of convenience stores, with over 21,000 stores across Latin America.
PT Indomarco Prismatama or Indomaret is a chain of retail convenience stores from Indonesia, with over 18,000 stores across Indonesia. It is the first and largest chain of this kind of store in Indonesia. Indomaret is predominantly owned by Indoritel and headquartered in Jakarta.
Alfamart is a primarily-franchised Indonesian convenience store chain. As of May 2021, it had over 17,000 stores spread across Indonesia, 4 million daily customers and tens of thousands of micro, small and medium-scale business partners.
Pyaterochka is a Russian chain of convenience stores managed by X5 Retail Group. The chain opened its 15,000th store in the city of Zelenograd, Russia, in May 2019.
Magnit is one of Russia’s largest food retailers. It was founded in 1994 in Krasnodar by Sergey Galitsky. As of March 2016, the company had 12,434 stores in 2,385 locations. They include 9,715 convenience stores, 225 hypermarkets, 2,337 Magnit Cosmetics stores and 157 Magnit family stores.
The Top 10 Biggest Chains of Convenience Stores in the World
(as of 2022)
Top 10 Biggest Convenience Store Chains in the World:
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~78,100
2. EASY JOY
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~27,600
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~25,000
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~22,500
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~20,400
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~20,200
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~19,900
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~18,400
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~18,300
Number of convenience store locations worldwide: ~15,500
The top 10 biggest convenience store chains in the world by number of convenience store locations worldwide. Only convenience stores are counted here. Other forms of retail stores (supermarkets, hypermarkets, online stores, drug stores, etc.) are disregarded here.