Pretax Profit Per Store: The
Of all the metrics published by the convenience industry, perhaps the most
significant is “pretax profit per store”. Here lies the unvarnished truth. The
average industry pre-tax profit per store is the most reliable measure of the health of the industry. When
tracked over time, it tells us in undeniable terms which direction the industry is headed. This number
reflects everything discussed above, sales, inflation, gross margins, credit card fees, etc.
the convenience industry weathered the Great Recession with 4% annual increases in pre-tax profit per store since 2007.
This achievement is largely due to the industry’s ability to increase food service sales during a period when
motor fuel sales were declining. The increase in pretax profit is explained in the 2012 Industry Report:
“Because profit margins are much higher inside
the store than on motor fuels, the gains in in-store sales had a positive impact on industry profits. Total industry pretax
profits increased 4.1 percent to approximately $6.72 billion, or about $46,000 per store.”
2012 CS News Industry Report
per store averaged $46,066.00 in 2012, up 37% over the last five years.
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Store Count Growth Trends
of demand for convenience stores is population levels. Higher population-to-store ratios are better for
the industry. Because store growth has been outpacing population growth over the last 10 years, the population-to-store ratio
has been declining. In other words, today there are fewer persons per store than there were ten years ago.
Population growth is a fundamental measure of retail demand. So, with fewer potential
customers, store operators much increase profitability to survive. This is the reason more emphasis is
placed on higher-margin in-store sales today.
Convenience Store Development
Convenience Store News, reports that 70%
of stores across the nation are owned and 30% are leased. The average lease rate is $5,090.00 per month.
The average store size today is 2,836 square feet, although some companies continue to experiment with larger-store
formats, such as Wawa’s 7,400 square foot prototype.
The average annual rent per square foot is $21.54.
Two percent of all stores across the nation were remodeled last
year with an average cost per remodel of $200,000.00. On average, c-stores undergo remodeling every 7.2
 3 Convenience Store News is published
by VNU Business Media, New York, NY and is one of the leading convenience industry trade journals.
Historical Price Movement 2010 to 2014
Convenience store real estate
prices are rising. In the first half of 2014, the average price of the real estate associated with convenience
stores was $1.3 million. This includes the site, store building, and fuel service. This is an increase
of 13% from the 2010 average price.
The median price showed a similar increase over the same period of 9%.
CoStar’s Commercial Property
Resale Price Index (CPRPI) indicates that retail property prices began stabilizing in 2012. We do not anticipate systemic
price declines over the next 24 months.
Rates: 2004 to 2013
estate capitalization rates for convenience stores have varied from a low of 6.8% in 2004 to a high of 8.1% in 2009 to
2010, a range of 130 basis points. The average over the period has been 7.5%.
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