10,071 of the 11,908 sites across Canada, or around 85% of all outlets, offer backcourt services such as convenience stores, car wash or quick-service restaurants (QSR).
“A convenience store is associated with virtually every gasoline outlet in Canada, ranging from small kiosks to offerings of well over 2000 square feet of store space,” says Parent. “In recent years, the mid-size “c-store” representation has surpassed the large c-store (over 1,500 square feet) as the most common configuration. This investment may be a result of limited site real estate space, as fuel marketers invest in other backcourt facilities such as car washes or quick-serve restaurants.”
Parent reports that over the past ten years there has been a shift in c-store size with smaller footprint stores (less than 500 square feet) being converted to mid-size convenience stores (500 – 1,500 square feet). “This trend is likely a consequence of significant investments in backcourt facilities and the increased involvement of convenience retailing specialists such as Couche-Tard and 7-Eleven in the retail fuel landscape.”
Car wash facilities are featured at 21.5% of the 10,071 gas stations that reported ancillary services. This number is up slightly (+0.5%) from 2019 for a total of 2,162 sites. The leading players in car wash, Petro Canada, Shell and Esso, increased their footprint to 14.5% of the market over last year’s 13.9%.
This report originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of OCTANE