Many stores operate from 6AM-midnight, however there are some 24-hour locations in larger urban centres. In recent years, the Needs chain has begun installing gasoline stations at a limited number of locations using either the Ultramar Limited or Sobeys Fast Fuels brands.
The Needs Convenience chain developed out of a series of small acquisitions by Sobeys, beginning with the TRA wholesale business in Middleton, Nova Scotia. By the mid-1990s, Needs stores were being branded throughout Atlantic Canada. The Sobeys-owned Green Gables chain was changed over to Needs by the late 1990s as part of a final effort to consolidate the region's up-scale convenience store market.
During the early 2000s, Sobeys experimented with converting several Needs stores to the Sobeys Express brand on a limited trial basis. The trial was unsuccessful and the stores reverted to the Needs brand, however several stores are now being branded as Needs Convenience Extra or Needs Convenience Plus.
- Foodland and Price Chopper for other Sobeys-owned small grocery stores.
- Riteway, Kwik-Way, and Clover Farm for other Sobeys-owned convenience store brands operated by franchisees.
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