Convenience Store Insurance

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Why do convenience stores need insurance?

Criminals often target convenience stores, especially those that have minimal staff or are open 24 hours a day. Business insurance helps cover the cost of inventory theft, injuries, lawsuits, and damage from fires or storms.

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Owners of small convenience stores can save money on insurance coverage by comparing quotes from top-rated providers.

Fill out Insureon's easy online application to get free quotes and advice from a licensed agent.

What types of business insurance do convenience stores need?

These insurance policies cover common risks faced by convenience stores.

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Business owner's policy

A BOP bundles general liability coverage and commercial property insurance in one policy. It’s often the most cost-effective type of insurance for a convenience store.

  • Accidents that harm customers
  • Theft and vandalism
  • Business interruption incidents
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General liability insurance

General liability insurance covers basic third-party risks, such as a customer slipping in a spill at your convenience store. Bundle it with property coverage for savings in a BOP.

  • Customer bodily injuries
  • Damaged customer property
  • Product liability insurance
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Workers’ compensation insurance

Most states require workers' comp for convenience store businesses that have employees. It also protects sole proprietors from work injury costs that health insurance might deny.

  • Employee medical expenses
  • Disability benefits
  • Legal costs from employee injuries
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Cyber insurance

This policy helps convenience stores recover financially from data breaches and cyberattacks. It’s sometimes called cyber liability insurance or cybersecurity insurance.

  • Customer notification expenses
  • Fraud monitoring services
  • Cyber extortion demands
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Commercial auto insurance

Most states require commercial auto insurance for vehicles owned by a convenience store. It helps pay for legal defense costs resulting from an auto accident.

  • Injuries caused by your vehicle
  • Property damage caused by your vehicle
  • Vehicle theft and vandalism
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Commercial umbrella insurance

Similar to excess liability insurance, umbrella insurance boosts coverage on general liability, commercial auto, and employer’s liability insurance policies once the coverage limit is reached.

  • Customer injury lawsuits
  • Customer property damage lawsuits
  • Employee injury lawsuits
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How much does insurance cost for retail stores?

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A small convenience store with a few employees will pay less for insurance than a larger business.

Factors that affect premiums include:

  • Retail products and services offered
  • Business property and equipment
  • Business income
  • Types of insurance purchased
  • Policy limits and deductibles
  • Claims history
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How do I get convenience store insurance coverage?

It's easy to get business insurance for your convenience store, car wash, or gas station if you have your company information on hand. Our application will ask for basic facts about your business, such as revenue and number of employees. You can buy a policy online and get a certificate of insurance with Insureon in three easy steps:

  1. Complete a free online application.
  2. Compare insurance quotes and choose policies.
  3. Pay for your policy and download a certificate.

Insureon's licensed insurance agents work with top-rated U.S. providers to find the right coverage for your shop, whether you work independently or hire employees.

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FAQs about convenience store insurance

Review answers to common questions about convenience store insurance.

If I have to temporarily close my convenience store, am I covered by insurance?

Yes, you can buy business interruption insurance, which covers costs related to temporary closure due to a fire or other covered property claim. This coverage is often included in your commercial property insurance or business owner's policy.

Any business that relies on a storefront, inventory, or equipment for its income should carry this coverage as part of a strong risk management plan. You may also see it called business income insurance.

This policy will compensate your business for financial losses from a closure, such as:

  • Operating expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Rent or lease payments
  • Relocation costs
  • Employee wages
  • Taxes
  • Loan payments

Business interruption insurance offers up to one year of lost income coverage, which means you can keep paying your employees during a lengthy rebuilding. Check your property policy's details to make sure this coverage is included and to find out how long it lasts.

Do convenience stores need product liability insurance?

Every business in the supply chain needs product liability insurance. That includes product designers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

If a customer is harmed by a product sold at your convenience store, you could face an expensive lawsuit. That's true even if you weren't responsible for the product defect or other fault that caused the injury or damage.

In addition to carrying product liability insurance, convenience store owners should consider product recall insurance. The expenses associated with a recalled product can stack up quickly, and could include public relations management and other unexpected costs.

It's also important to reduce your product liability risks as much as possible. Claims are costly—and also cause your premium to increase.

Fortunately, product liability insurance is typically included in your general liability policy. If it's not included, you can ask your insurance agent to add the coverage as a rider, along with product recall insurance.

Are convenience stores insured against shoplifting?

Shoplifting and burglaries are a big risk at convenience stores, but crime insurance can help you recover your losses. You may want to consider the following policies to defend against theft:

Security systems and other precautions can help you prevent theft, and can even save you money on your property insurance. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer a discount on your premium for certain safety precautions.

What other insurance policies should convenience stores carry?

Depending on the unique risks of your convenience store, such as whether you lease a space, you may need other types of insurance. For example, you might consider:

You can often add these coverages to your general liability policy or BOP. Bundling different kinds of coverage is one of several ways to save money on business insurance.

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