The NACS, an association for convenience and fuel retailing, reports that there are more than 145,000 fueling stations across the United States. Of these, 127,588 are convenience stores selling fuel. The rest are gas-only stations, grocery stores selling fuel, marinas, etc.
Do the major oil companies own all the service stations in this country?
No. According to the latest information, the refiners own less than 5% of the 145,000 retail stations. When a station bears a particular refiner’s brand, it does not mean that the refiner owns or operates the station. The vast majority of branded stations are owned and operated by independent retailers licensed to represent that brand. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than 60% of the retail stations in the US are owned by an individual or family that owns a single store. Through various branding agreements, approximately 36% of the retail stations in the US sell fuel under API members’ brands.
See U.S. Service Station Outlets Summary.