Welcome to Georgia, home of 6,720 convenience stores.

That numbers comes from a state-level impact report prepared by the NACS government relations team. Impact reports combine data from the NACS State of the Industry Report and Nielsen. They’re used in conversations with national and local government officials.

Here’s some additional information, using 2022 data:

  • 109,536: The number of people in George who work in convenience stores. (This population would be the seventh-largest city in the state.)
  • $40,546,242,240: Total sales from c-stores statewide.
  • $9,262,855,056: Taxes collected statewide by c-stores.
  • 8,454,512,640: Gallons of fuel sold across the state.
  • 1,636,992,000: Gallons of diesel sold across the state.

Most of Atlanta is in Georgia’s 5th congressional district, which is home to about 765,000 people and 443 c-stores, 349 of which sell gas. In the 5th district alone, c-stores collected $610,631,665 in taxes.

It’s a Georgia thing,” said Katie Morris, marketing director for Golden Pantry Food Stores, regarding the state’s relationship with c-stores. “People here are very proud of being from Georgia, and the c-store is part of your routine. Georgia c-store customers have their stores, and they’re loyal. Go into any of our stores and a lot of customers and employees are on a first-name basis.”

Angela Holland, president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, predicts an even brighter future.

“The Association’s membership is strong. We have a core group that is engaged, reaching out to others in the industry and working for the good of the organization,” Holland said. “We have forward-thinking leaders in our government, and our state regulatory agencies want to work with private businesses to help them thrive.”

She added: “Our state is changing so much. And that will allow the c-store industry to flourish.”