Special Report

20 Most Popular Stores in America

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20. Lowe’s
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.33%
> Pct. of hardware & services visitors in April: 23.21%
> No. of U.S. stores: 1,723
> Annual revenue: $71.3 billion

Lowe’s hardware stores accounted for 0.33% of all U.S. retail foot traffic in April, and 23.2% of all traffic in the hardware and services category, behind rival Home Depot. The company’s annual net operating profit fell from $6.6 billion in fiscal 2017 to $4.0 billion in fiscal 2018, and the company has closed underperforming stores while shares have plummeted since April. 2019 will be a big test for new CEO Marvin Ellison to see if he can overcome these issues.

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19. The Home Depot
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.36%
> Pct. of hardware & services visitors in April: 25.58%
> No. of U.S. stores: 1,981
> Annual revenue: $108.2 billion

The Home Depot reported an $8 billion revenue growth last year. Its net earnings also increased by nearly 30% to $11.1 billion. Home Depot is also outperforming its biggest competitor in foot traffic, as a larger share of consumers in the category visit the hardware store chain than Lowe’s. Some analysts attribute Home Depot’s outperformance to better store locations and its ability to attract more professionals.

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18. Wendy’s
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.41%
> Pct. of restaurants visitors in April: 2.24%
> No. of U.S. stores: 5,810
> Annual revenue: $1.6 billion

The Wendy’s Company has 5,810 Wendy’s locations in the United States alone. Only 353 of these restaurants are corporate owned, and 5,457 are franchised. Together, they accounted for 2.24% of American restaurant visits in April 2019. This share is similar to other fast food peers like Taco Bell and Burger King. Wendy’s has about half the amount of foot traffic as Subway and a quarter of that of McDonald’s.

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17. Burger King
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.43%
> Pct. of restaurants visitors in April: 2.32%
> No. of U.S. stores: 17,796 (Worldwide locations)
> Annual revenue: $1.7 billion

Burger King is an American-founded, Canadian-owned restaurant chain. Parent Restaurant Brands International (RBI) also owns Popeyes, yet Burger King is king within RBI, bringing in more in sales than Popeyes in the United States. Popeyes only captured 0.63% of American restaurant visitors compared to 2.32% for Burger King. RBI said it plans to have 40,000 locations by 2030, more than McDonald’s, with the additional stores likely spread across its three brands.

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16. Rite Aid
> Pct. of total US retail foot traffic: 0.43%
> Pct. of pharmacies visitors in April: 16.30%
> No. of U.S. stores: 2,469
> Annual revenue: $21.6 billion

About 0.43% of U.S. shoppers visits in April were to Rite Aid. That month, the pharmacy owned about just as much foot traffic as Shell’s convenience stores and Family Dollar — all three stores make up a significant chunk of their sales on food and beverages despite specializing in other areas. Where Rite Aid more specifically competes — drugs and pharmaceuticals — it claimed over 16% of American shoppers.

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