New hypermart entrants to challenge existing US gasoline marketers

The entry of hypermarts into the US gasoline retail business shifted into high gear in 2000 and will continue its pace in the next decade.Hypermart companies include supermarkets, mass merchandisers, and discount chains. Warehouse and club memberships are a subset of these retail companies.The current US hypermart-gasoline market identified by Energy Analysts International Inc. (EAI) has more than 4.0 billion gal/year of sales and 3.3% of the market. About 1,240 locations generate this sales volume. Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 shows the distribution of these hypermart-gasoline sites. About 26 hypermart companies have active gasoline retail sites, while at least 10 other companies a...

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