As of 2014, Walmart, Kroger and Sam’s Club directly own the highest number of gas stations in the United States. However, most gas stations in the United States are owned by independent operators, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores.
While most American gas stations are independently owned, many licence major brand names. For instance, Shell Oil directly owns only 23 American gas stations, as of 2014. However, there are 14,000 stores using the Shell Oil brand. Other top brands include 11,300 BP America branded stations and 8,000 Chevron branded stations.
Kroger directly owns 1,153 gas stations, Walmart directly owns 1,067 stations, and Sam’s Club directly owns 479 stations.