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Convenience store

A convenience store is a small store typically selling soft drinks, lottery tickets, candy, ice cream, maps, beer, prepackaged foods like sandwiches and frozen burritos, shaving cream and other hygiene products. Many gas stations now also operate convenience stores, often converting their service areas from auto repair to retail. Train stations also often have a convenience store.

Prices in a convenience store are typically higher than at a supermarket or auto supply store; in the United States, the stores will sometimes be the only stores near an interstate highway exit where drivers can buy any kind of food.

Most of the profit margin from these stores comes from beer, liquor, and cigarettes. Many of these stores in the United States are owned by ethnic Indians, to the degree that an Indian owner of a convenience store has become a stock character (see Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character in The Simpsons). In some urban areas, ethnic Koreans are also active in owning convenience stores.

Convenience stores are similar but not identical to Australian milk bars.

List of convenience stores:

See also: List of gas stations



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