Today, Coinmap.org — which shows bitcoin businesses on a convenient map — has reached about 3,000 bitcoin businesses. More and more physical storefronts and businesses are turning to the digital currency for a number of reasons. These include no fees for merchants (the buyer pays the fee), no risk of chargebacks, and speed/ease of use.
Meanwhile, Coinmap.org has 274 litecoin businesses listed, not nearly as popular as bitcoin, but appealing to some businesses nonetheless.
Of course, Coinmap.org is not an indicator of all bitcoin businesses in existence (including the likes of Overstock.com, which doesn’t have a physical retail presence), but the rate at which businesses are added is representative of bitcoin’s popularity amongst merchants.