Alternative places to buy gasoline — namely supercenters, supermarkets and warehouse clubs — are chip, chip, chipping away at the lock the convenience store industry had on gasoline, according to a report released today by TNS Retail Forward.
A recent TNS survey reveals that one-third of shoppers are buying most of their gasoline at alternative outlets, up 22 percent from three years ago.
Alternative gas retailers now capture an estimated 13 percent of U. S. gasoline sales, and TNS Retail Forward projects that this figure will grow to as high as 17 percent by 2012.
With today’s high gas prices, that can’t be anything but good news for these alternative outlets. And, according to TNS Retail Forward, it also means that convenience stores need to reduce their reliance on gasoline sales and focus their efforts inside their stores.