NACS: 50 Years
Time to Celebrate!

Celebrating 50 years of accomplishments in convenience and fuel retailing.

About This Website

The NACS 50th anniversary Web site shares how the convenience and fuels retailing industry has grown and where it is heading. From its humble beginnings as small corner stores in the 1920s to today's often 5,000-square-foot-plus locations, NACS has helped support this dynamic industry — whether before the U.S. Congress, with education and training programs, top-level industry-specific events and products and services to help build retailer profits and improve store operations.

Beginning with the 1960s, each decade takes a look back at where the convenience store gained momentum as a viable and competitive retail channel of trade and the role NACS continues to play in helping shape today's convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Get Involved

NACS retailer and supplier members are encouraged to help NACS celebrate 50 years of convenience store success. If you have ideas for us, or want to submit your own photos, videos, or stories, email Chris Blasinsky at [email protected].

About NACS

NACS was founded August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. It is an international trade association representing more than 2,100 retail and 1,500 supplier company members. NACS member companies do business in nearly 50 countries worldwide, with the majority of members based in the United States. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 146,000 stores across the country, posted $575.6 billion in total sales in 2010, with $385.3 billion in motor fuels sales.

NACS serves the convenience and petroleum retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members' businesses. In 2007, the association shortened its name to NACS and added a qualifying statement that better defines its presence both internationally and at the retail fueling level: The Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing. In 2010, this statement was further enhanced to The Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing.

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