The SN Top 50 Retailers report is compiled in partnership between Supermarket News and IGD, a leading UK-based analysis and insight organization for the food and consumer goods industry. The overall Supermarket News Top 50 Retailers list includes all channels that sell food and grocery including mass, convenience, drug and dollar, as well as grocery wholesalers.
By store count on the SN Top 50 list, discount variety retail chain Dollar General (17,266 stores) and Dollar Tree/Family Dollar (15,685 stores) upheld their commanding lead, despite a big gain by 7-Eleven, the new No. 3 in terms of locations. The convenience store giant’s acquisition of over 3,800 Speedway stores from Marathon Petroleum (now off the list) in May 2021 boosted its total U.S. and Canadian locations to 13,839. Dropping a notch with 7-Eleven’s hefty increase were c-store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard to No. 4 (9,978 stores), CVS to No. 5 (9,960 stores) and Walgreens to No. 6 (9,021 stores). Rounding out the top 10 by stores were Walmart/Sam’s Club at 5,342 (No. 7), Kroger at 2,742 (No. 8), Rite Aid at 2,510 (No. 9) and Loblaw Cos. at 2,439 (No. 10). The only other retailers with at least 2,000 locations were Albertsons Cos. (No. 11 at 2,277) and Aldi U.S. (No. 12 at 2,070), although Ahold Delhaize USA (No. 13 at 1,970), Sobeys (No. 14 at 1,933) and Target (No. 15 at 1,897) were close.