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Study: America’s Favorite Gas Stations of 2012

More consumers are fueling-up at their favorite grocery store


When it comes to fueling their vehicles, American’s are more loyal to their wallets and schedules than they are to a particular gas station, according to a new consumer study by Market Force Information.

Although traditional national-brand gas stations sell the most gas, customers are increasingly using pumps at mass retailers like Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) — and its subsidiary Sam’s Club. Grocery stores, especially Kroger (NYSE:KR), are popular as well.

Results from the panel research study, which was conducted with more than 4,500 participants across North America, showed that 48% of customers choose gas stations based on convenient locations. Price also is an important deciding factor to 46% of the respondents.

The 12 favorite gas stations of Americans are as follows (results are based on door count):

  1. Costco
  2. Kroger
  3. Sam’s Club
  4. Hess (NYSE:HES)
  5. Shell — owned by Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A, RDS.B)
  6. Wal-Mart
  7. Sunoco (NYSE:SUN)
  8. Valero (NYSE:VLO)
  9. 7-Eleven
  10. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)
  11. BP (NYSE:BP)
  12. Chevron (NYSE:CVX)

Wanna know if loyalty cards really help gas stations? Check out the entire report: Market Force Study Finds Grocery and Wholesale Retailers are America’s Favorite Gas Stations. And in case you didn’t know this already … consumers also have strong opinions concerning where they’ll purchase gas.

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