FAQ

What formats are offered/Is it available over the Internet? [Back to top]

The online version offers powerful search capabilities and allows you to export contact information directly into Microsoft Excel™. It is available as a 12-month subscription. Annual subscriptions will be valid for 12 months from the date of activation. The PDF file is yours to keep once you subscribe to the Online system. Print the entire file or download to your computer.


Why is the Directory of Convenience Stores no longer available in book format? [Back to top]

While both the print and online versions contain all the vital facts, the online version offers speed, convenience and functionality that the print format cannot match. The online version also allows you to export contact information directly into Microsoft Excel™ and most importantly is updated on a daily basis. In lieu of a printed hard copy, we now offer the Directory of Convenience Stores in a searchable, downloadable PDF file formatted like the previously printed directory.



What criteria are needed to be included in the Directory of Convenience Stores/What defines a convenience store? [Back to top]

The Directory of Convenience Stores includes any convenience store that operates two or more convenience store locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. These cannot include gas-only locations, although these locations will be noted. A convenience store includes small format stores, between 500 and 3,000+ square feet and 500 and 1,500 SKUs, and meet the following criteria:

  • The store must be operating more than or at least 13 hours a day
  • The store must have at least one checkout
  • The store must carry a limited selection of grocery items including at least two of the following: toilet paper, soap, baby products, pet foods, breakfast cereal, tuna fish, toothpaste, ketchup, and canned goods

Additionally, wholesalers generating a majority of their revenue from supplying convenience stores are also included.



Does the Directory of Convenience Stores give me the address of each store? [Back to top]

No, the Directory of Convenience Stores presents the market from a company headquarters and division point of view.



How is the Directory of Convenience Stores better than other directories? [Back to top]

We can't speak for anyone else's research, but we can tell you that the Directory of Convenience Stores has an excellent reputation for accuracy and usefulness. Each year we update each profile through direct company contact, and throughout the year we track the industry through the Internet, trade journals and other sources. We have built our reputation on the high quality of our data and we work hard to maintain that reputation.



How up-to-date is the information? Do I really need to purchase every year? [Back to top]

While we update every profile each year through direct company contact, trade journals and other sources, the C-Store industry changes daily. Mergers and acquisitions, companies filing for chapter 11 and executive changes are everyday occurrences, which is why data within our Directory of Convenience Stores Online system is now updated on a daily basis. Please note that not all company profiles are updated daily; changes and updates are made to various companies on a daily basis which include: updating store counts, adding e-mail addresses, updating executives as well as adding new companies and removing companies that no longer qualify due to divestiture. If you wish to continue having access to the most current information in the C-Store industry, renewing your Online subscription is mandatory to stay ahead of the game and ensure that no time is wasted in your sales and marketing efforts.



Do you offer a demo? [Back to top]

Yes, we offer a FREE demo of the Online system.  While it limits you to only 20 company profiles, it is fully functional with all available search criteria options and is formatted exactly like the full Online system. Click here to access the demo.



Do you have other resources that would be helpful to me? [Back to top]

Stagnito Media publishes a complete line of directories on retailers that carry the products of consumer packaged goods companies. Boost your sales by taking full advantage of all the markets available to you. In addition to the Directory of Convenience Stores, you might be interested in the following:



Marketing Guidebook
Marketing Guidebook is known simply as the "Blue Book" of the supermarket industry. The online edition lists more than 1,950 supermarket chains, drug store chains, dollar store chains, supercenters, wholesale clubs, mass merchandisers, category killer chains and grocery wholesalers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Detailed profiles provide you with all the information you need to sell or market your product in the grocery, drug and mass merchant industry including the names of more than 14,500 executives ranging from Presidents and CEOs to Category Managers, Buyers, and Merchandisers. Available Online and in print. Learn more at www.marketingguidebook.com