7‑Eleven launches its second Operation: Take Command campaign to give away franchise fee-free store to Military Vet

DALLAS, TX, 2016-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, are looking to open a franchise and be your own boss, 7‑Eleven, Inc.has something in store for you.

Dallas-based 7‑Eleven is recruiting qualified men and women who have been honorably discharged to enlist in the company’s secondOperation: Take Command competition. One deserving and lucky veteran will be awarded a 7‑Eleven® fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

The winner can choose any of the company’s 7‑Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination. Interested veterans can enter online at www.VeteransFranchiseGiveaway.com now through Feb. 26, 2016. The winner will be announced in June.

“More than 6,000 ex-military men and women applied last year, and 1,700 were vetted in our first Operation: Take Command campaign,” said Greg Franks, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “The finalists were outstanding, and many who didn’t win, still took command of their careers and moved forward through our normal qualification process to own their own 7‑Eleven franchise.”

The Operation: Take Command initiative is a multi-phased competition that includes meeting 7‑Eleven’s franchising qualifications and successful interviews. The top 25 will be invited to submit a video on why they deserve a 7‑Eleven franchise. Up to seven will be selected from this pool for the semi- final competition.

Through votes on 7‑Eleven’s Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7‑Eleven’s franchise department management and narrowed to one winner.

To qualify for Operation: Take Command, an entrant must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants will go through the same qualification process as all 7‑Eleven franchise applicants including credit evaluation, a leadership test, business plan development, budget, and store location preferences.

Last year’s winners in 7‑Eleven’s inaugural Operation: Take Command are now in business for themselves in stores of their choice. Mark Anthony Page, a Navy veteran, franchises a 7‑Eleven store in Burleson, Texas. Salil Gautam, formerly with the U.S. Army, operates his store in Norfolk, Va., and Army reservist Robert Kemna recently took the reins of his new 7‑Eleven store in Miami.

7‑Eleven already offers qualified veterans who have left the military within the past five years a discount of 20 percent on the franchise fee for their first 7‑Eleven store, a value of up to $50,000, along with preferred interest rates and special financing. Those who have been out of the military longer, receive a 10 percent franchise fee discount.

Multiple veterans organizations continue to recognize 7‑Eleven for its military-friendly business opportunities, hiring practices and philanthropic support for military families. This year marks 7‑Eleven’s 52nd year of franchising. Today, franchisees operate approximately 85 percent of 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s nearly 8,000 U.S. stores. An interactive map atwww.franchise.7‑Eleven.com indicates stores available for franchising.

The Fine Print: The contest is not open to eligible veterans who are legal residents of Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota and where prohibited. All participants must read and agree to the official rules at veteransfranchisegiveaway.com. This is not an offer to sell a franchise, which will be made by us only in a state if 7‑Eleven, Inc. is first registered, filed, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if 7‑Eleven provides an appropriate Franchise Disclosure Document. A credit of up to $190,000 toward the initial franchise fee will be awarded. The winner will be required to pay any portion of the initial franchise fee over $190,000 for the store they select, along with other initial fees, including but not limited to a $29,000 down payment on inventory, cost of all licenses and permits, expenses to attend training and other fees described in our Franchise Disclosure Document. The 20-percent franchise fee discount for veterans is for qualified applicants and only on the first store franchised.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas,

7‑Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 57,900 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations. Accolades include #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #7 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2016; #1 on “Best Retail Franchises” list for April 2015 by FranchiseRankings.com; #3 on Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start; and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2016. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

CONTACT:  Margaret Chabris

                        7‑Eleven, Inc.
                        972-828-7285
                        margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven granted franchise fee-free stores to three U.S. military veterans in the company’s inaugural Operation: Take Command competition in 2015. They and their franchise store locations are, from left are, Mark Anthony Page in Burleson, Texas; Robert Kemna, Miami, and Salil Gautam in Norfolk, Va.

7‑Eleven granted franchise fee-free stores to three U.S. military veterans in the company’s inaugural Operation: Take Command competition in 2015. They and their franchise store locations are, from left are, Mark Anthony Page in Burleson, Texas; Robert Kemna, Miami, and Salil Gautam in Norfolk, Va.

7‑Eleven to recruit 100 veterans and provide $2 million in discounts for Military Veterans Franchise Program by end of 2016

DALLAS, 2015-11-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc.,ranked among top military and veteran-friendly companies, wants to provide more franchise opportunities to qualified men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces The retailer has set a goal of recruiting 100 veterans and providing $2 million in discounts by the end of 2016.

Launched in the summer of 2009, 7‑Eleven’s program offers discounted franchise fees to retired or separated military veterans who have been honorably discharged from the service within the past five years. Qualified veterans who become first-time 7‑Eleven franchisees receive up to a 20-percent discount on the initial franchise fee for the first 7‑Eleven® store they franchise. This discount ranges from $1,000 to approximately $35,000, depending on the store.

“What better time to announce our intent to continue providing more opportunities in the coming year for those who served our country than around Veterans Day,” said Greg Franks, 7‑Eleven franchise systems vice president. “U.S. military veterans have the skills, focus and dedication to achieve great success as franchisees.”

Franks added, “We‘ve been successful in making it a little easier for veterans to achieve the American dream of owning their own business. In the past six years, 82 military vets have received $1.5 million in franchise-fee discounts. An additional 10 have started on the path to becoming franchisees.”

Just recently, 7‑Eleven franchised stores to three winners in the company’s Operation Take: Command program. Some 1,700 military veterans competed for a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store of their choice among available locations.

Mark Anthony Page assumed command of his Burleson, Texas, store in August; Salil Gautam franchised his pick in Norfolk, Va., in September, and Robert Kemna is expected to take control of a Miami 7‑Eleven store in December.

7‑Eleven has been recognized for its veteran-hiring practices and support of military families and was named among Top Military Friendly® Employers for 2016 by Victory Media and itsG.I. Jobs magazine. The retailer also has supported military-assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend. The company has military veterans serving in every level from top management to field staff to store sales associates.

More information on the Military Veterans Franchise Program can be found at www.franchise.7‑Eleven.com.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7 Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,700 7 Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are nearly 57,400 7 Eleven stores in 17 countries. 7 Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
Margaret.Chabris@7-11.com

SOURCE: 7-Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven will waive the franchise fee on select U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores available for franchise between now and June 30

DALLAS, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Time is growing short to apply for 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s Zero Franchise Fee Initiative. Between now and June 30, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on select U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000.

Approximately 250 eligible stores are located across the country, including greater Charlotte, N.C., where 7‑Eleven acquired a significant number of stores in 2012. Other areas where specific Zero Franchise Fee stores are available include Dallas/Fort Worth, Manhattan, Baltimore, Richmond, Va., Portland, Ore., Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla. These stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average.

Already, 67 stores have been franchised or are in the approval process. The franchising process can take anywhere from five to seven months.

“We have had great response from aspiring entrepreneurs who saw a chance to go into business for themselves without the upfront expense of the one-time franchise fee,” said Greg Franks, vice president of franchising systems. “The Zero Franchise Fee initiative offers the new owner a chance to build a strong customer base and business, while backed by our proprietary systems, processes and ongoing support.

“This limited-time offering presents a great opportunity for individuals to franchise their own business with a major franchise brand, but the clock is ticking,” Franks added.

According to Franks, 7‑Eleven has added 80 more stores since the Zero Franchise Fee program started in mid-February. “We reviewed our store inventory and, based on candidate interest and initial demand, identified additional stores that we thought would be a good fit for the program,” he said.

Over the last four years 7‑Eleven has added more than 1,300 units in the U.S. Now that a 7‑Eleven customer base has been established at these locations, the company is looking to transition these stores from company to franchise operations.

The convenience retailer is offering these stores to prospective, qualified franchisees as well as existing 7‑Eleven franchisees who want to grow their retail business by adding stores. Prospective franchisees for these Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process.

Basic 7‑Eleven franchisee qualifications include being 21 years or older and a permanent U.S. resident, and having excellent credit and $50,000 in liquid assets. Prospective franchise owners will still be responsible for the costs of licensing, permits and the initial down-payment on inventory, totaling approximately $30,000.

Recognized by numerous business publications as among best franchise opportunities in the U.S. and most recently among the top 20 most valuable global brands, 7‑Eleven offers its franchise-owners the strength of its world-renowned brand and a turnkey operation. After extensive training, 7‑Eleven franchisees open their doors with a fully-equipped and stocked store with intuitive retail technology, merchandising and advertising support, high-quality national and private-brand products, and some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks.

Because the stores qualifying as Zero Franchise Fee opportunities are considered low volume, they may qualify for additional, limited-time financial support.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #17 among most valuable global brands, #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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Ten military veterans compete for the opportunity to own 7‑Eleven® franchise without paying the franchise fee

Contestants’ videos on 7‑Eleven Facebook; Final Three to be Interviewed by Company’s CEO

DALLAS, 2015-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — And now there are 10. Ten military veterans or those soon to leave the U.S. Armed Forces are competing for the public’s favor and the opportunity to own a7‑Eleven® franchise without the expense of a franchise fee. The Facebook video competition for the semi-finalists in 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway starts today and runs through March 29.

Collectively representing all branches of military service, the 10 semi-finalists were selected from more than 1,700 applications received by 7‑Eleven between Veterans Day last November and Jan. 25. One especially qualified and talented military veteran will win a 7‑Eleven store. But now, it is up to the voting public to narrow the field.

As part of 7‑Eleven’s contest to win a franchise, the nine men and one woman have posted their “Why I Should Win Operation: Take Command” videos on 7‑Eleven’s Facebook page. To view the videos and vote, go tohttps://www.facebook.com/7ElevenFranchising  and click on OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND.

7‑Eleven is asking the public to choose the video and personal story they like the best, which will determine the top three contenders. These three finalists will then have one-on-one interviews with 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto, who himself is former military. DePinto will announce the winner of the contest in May.

Facebook voting runs from March 16-29.

To make the voting even more impactful, 7‑Eleven offers to contribute $1 for every vote cast, up to $50,000, to Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that works with transitioning service members, veterans and spouses from military service into civilian success .To learn more about the organization, visit www.hireheroesusa.org.

“We have been amazed at the huge interest and outstanding quality of those who have applied for a franchise fee-free 7‑Eleven store in our Operation: Take Command contest,” said Greg Franks, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “Choosing a winner will be tough because of the high caliber of these 10 individuals and we are counting on the public to make the decision on who advances to the final round.”

The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven convenience stores available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination.

So who are these 10 people? Where are they and what motivates them to compete for a 7‑Eleven franchise?  Alphabetically, they are:

Mark Boussy from San Antonio, Texas – Boussy says it’s time to settle in San Antonio with his wife and three children. The military college graduate and battalion commander states he is trained in world-class customer service and hopes the next time video viewers see him he’ll be in a 7‑Eleven store running one of its franchises.

Stephen Darlow of Hampton, Va. –Darlow grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He learned the importance of customer service and loved training others, having been the son and grandson of franchise business operators. A former air crewman and police officer, the Navy veteran is working toward his bachelor’s degree and ready to “take command” of his own future.

Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va. — Gautam served in the U.S. Army for 4 ½ years. When he came to the U.S., the Nepal native’s first job was with a 7‑Eleven store in northern California. His goals include mentoring others and providing financial support to assist veterans.

Robert Kemna from Miami, Fla. — A former Army captain, Kemna says it’s time to pass on what he has learned and stand up for his future. He lists his qualifications as being a talented hard worker with commitment and leadership skills.

Raymond Kempisty of Laurel, Md. — Kempisty, having achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy, comes from a family with a broad, strong military heritage. He’s ready to start a new family tradition of owning a 7‑Eleven franchise. Perched on a mechanical bull in his video and referring to his next phase of life, Kempisty says he’s “ready for the ride.”

Mark Page of Granbury, Texas – Page has served in both active and reserve duty with the Navy and has traveled a great deal in his current profession. He believes a 7‑Eleven franchise is just the ticket to be closer to home and family. He boasts that his strengths are being a proud veteran and loving family man with a passion to lead. His video is styled like a mini-movie, complete with closings credits and “Coming Spring 2015” teaser.

Justin Price from Charlotte, N.C. — Price also has a military-family heritage. His experience includes serving as an Army infantry leader and in supply chain optimization. He’s proud of his sales and leadership qualities. Price’s video shows him campaigning to win the store by showing his desire to help others advance and to work with youth organizations.

Maximiliano Powell from Woodbridge, Va. – Powell tells of his work ethic, at one time holding down two to three jobs while raising three kids by himself. He enjoys helping people and currently serves as a nurse. Having spent 12 years in the Army, he describes himself as a person of values, compassion and integrity possessing a “go-getter” attitude.

Vaughn Sullenberger of Virginia Beach, Va.. – Sullenberger is a Navy veteran with banking experience having managed 17 branches. He used the GI bill to support him during years of study to obtain a bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees. His dream is to partner with a successful company.  Should he win, his wife wants to dedicate the store to her father who once worked with 7‑Eleven.

Karen Woznicki of Grand Blanc, Mich. – Woznicki served two years in the Army where she learned that through great training and leadership, one can accomplish anything. She knows her way around convenience stores having successfully turned around many an operation over the years. Her video includes entertainment – she sings a song about 7‑Eleven, set to the tune of Tiny Bubbles.

To qualify for the contest, entrants had to be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience. Contestants went through the same qualification process as all 7‑Eleven franchise applicants including interviews, credit evaluation, a leadership test, preparing a business plan and budget.

To vote, Facebook member can go to 7‑Eleven’s Franchise Facebook page, click on theOperation: Take Command tab and “Like” the page. Anyone can vote and vote more than once – but only one time per day per Facebook account for as many days as they like through March 29.

7‑Eleven has been recognized by veterans’ organizations and publications for its military-friendly business opportunities, hiring practices and philanthropic support for military families. Military veterans serve in every level of the company from store sales associates to headquarters personnel.  The retailer also has supported military assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Reserve Aid, Warrior Gateway and Operation Mend.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,100 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores through June 30

DALLAS, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between now and June 30, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7‑Eleven® President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7‑Eleven Experience in Las Vegas, the company’s annual franchisee convention.

While the more than 200 available stores are located in cities across the country, many of the Zero Franchising Fee opportunities are in markets like Charlotte, N. C., where 7‑Eleven has acquired a significant number of stores.

Over the last 4 years 7‑Eleven has grown its store base by more than 1,300 units. Now that a 7‑Eleven customer base has been established at these locations, the company is looking to transition these stores to franchise operations.

Other cities where specific Zero Franchise Fee stores are available include the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Manhattan, Baltimore, Richmond, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore., and Jacksonville, Fla. These stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average.

The convenience retailer is offering these stores to qualified, prospective franchisees as well as existing 7‑Eleven franchisees who want to grow their retail business by adding 7‑Eleven stores. Prospective franchisees for these Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process. “These locations offer would-be entrepreneurs a chance to go into business for themselves without the expense of the one-time franchise fee,” said Greg Franks, vice president of franchising systems. “With the Zero Franchise Fee Initiative, we opted to waive the fee on these specific stores to allow the new owner a chance to build his or her customer base and business, while backed by our proprietary systems, processes and ongoing support.

“This limited-time offering presents a terrific opportunity for individuals to franchise their own business with a major franchise brand for no initial franchising fee,” Franks added.

Basic 7‑Eleven franchisee qualifications include being 21 years or older, a permanent U.S. resident, having excellent credit and $50,000 in liquid assets. Prospective franchise owners will still be responsible for the costs of licensing, permits and the initial down-payment on inventory, totaling approximately $30,000.

Recognized by numerous business publications as one of the best franchise opportunities in the U.S., 7‑Eleven offers its franchise-owners the strength of its world-renowned brand and a turnkey operation. After extensive training, 7‑Eleven franchisees open their doors with a fully-equipped and stocked store with intuitive retail technology, merchandising and advertising support, high-quality national and private-brand products, and some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks.

Because the stores qualifying as Zero Franchise Fee opportunities are considered low volume, they may qualify for additional, limited-time financial support.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 55,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies, organizations and publications. Recent accolades include: Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven as #1 on its Global Franchise Rankings list and #6 on its “Top 10 Franchises” for 2014, #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; and #3 in Forbes magazine’s 2012 Top 20 Franchises to Start list. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail,” among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com