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More than 1,000 exhibits and approximately 23,000 attendees are expected to fill 402,000 net square feet of floor space showcasing convenience products and services scheduled to be in stores at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show, to be held Oct. 7-10 at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Show officials believe the NACS Show is a natural fit with Las Vegas as the city has more convenience stores per square mile than any other place in the country, including the first 24-hour convenience store – a 7-Eleven opened in the summer of 1963.

According to Exhibit Surveys Inc., the NACS Show is one of the top expos in the U.S. for making deals. It regularly ranks first in terms of “buying plans” — a measure of how likely of attendees are to make purchase after attending a show, and also ranks high for attendees’ “buying influence.”

One of the country’s largest annual tradeshows, the NACS Show will feature candy, snacks, drinks and convenience items before they hit store shelves. Also featured will be more than 65 workshops and general sessions presenting solutions to retailers’ business challenges.

Reflecting the importance of the convenience channel, major trends in retail are launched at the NACS Show, such as electronic cigarettes, protein-packed snacks and healthy snacking options. Other products and services at the tradeshow range from candy and beverages to carwashes and fuel dispensers.

The U.S. convenience store industry sales are $696 billion and represent 4.2 percent of the $16.72 trillion U.S. gross domestic product, rank the U.S. as the 20th largest country by gross domestic product, between Saudi Arabia at $718 billion and Switzerland $646 billion.

For more information, visit www.nacsshow.com.

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