NEVADA CONVENIENCE STORES ARE ESSENTIAL IN TIMES OF NEED
In Nevada, convenience stores provide essential services and products in communities including critical fuel availability for healthcare and medical professionals, first responders, delivery workers and everyone else who needs to travel the roads. Without convenience stores selling fuel, for example, supply chains and deliveries will be disrupted. When disasters or emergencies occur, convenience stores, most which offer 24-hour operations, remain in operation as long as they can without putting their own employees’ safety and well being in harm’s way. This means making sure fuel, food and other necessities are available for emergency workers and customers seeking what they need.
Convenience stores are located close to consumers. 93% of Americans live within 10 minutes of a convenience store, including 86% of rural Americans. This proximity allows people to quickly acquire critical items in their neighborhood.
Convenience stores are a destination for fuel. Convenience stores sell most of the gasoline purchased in Nevada—approximately 80% of all fuel sold in our stores. A total of 898 convenience stores sell motor fuels. Overall, 73% of all convenience stores sell motor fuels, accounting for $3 billion in sales in 2018. Many of these stores provide hand sanitizer and/or gloves at the pump.
Convenience stores sell critical everyday items. Convenience stores provide essential items and services to consumers including:
· Quick and easy access to cash via ATMs
· Over-the-counter medicine
· Milk and bottled water
· SNAP - Electronic Benefits Transfer
In countless rural and urban communities designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “food deserts,” convenience stores are the community grocery store, drug store and community hub; serving those who would otherwise be left behind.
Convenience stores provide a small format and a quick transaction. The average convenience store is 2,951 net square feet, which is a manageable size to clean regularly. Each store conducts about 1,354 transactions per day and these transactions are fast: the average time spent in a store is under four (4) minutes.
Nevada Convenience stores are community stores. There are 1,229 convenience stores in every community in Nevada, and they provide 19,700 jobs. Convenience stores account for more than 28% of all retail outlets in Nevada. In fact, the convenience store count is more than the combined total of supermarket and drugstores.
NEVADA CONVENIENCE STORES ARE CRITICAL TO OUR CITIZENS SURVIVAL DURING THIS PANDEMIC