7‑Eleven closes the acquisition of 1,030 Sunoco convenience stores

Store count grows to 9,700 in the U.S. and Canada

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, today (Jan. 23, 2017) announced that it has closed on the acquisition of approximately 1,030 Sunoco convenience stores located in 17 states. This acquisition is the largest in 7‑Eleven, Inc. history and will bring the total number of stores to approximately 9,700 in the U.S. and Canada.

“Part of what makes brand 7‑Eleven so iconic is our global presence and our continued growth,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “The acquisition of over 1,000 Sunoco stores supports our accelerated growth strategy, and we look forward to serving these great new customers.”

The APlus, Laredo Taco, Ladson Grill and Stripes brands will continue to serve customers as the acquisition is completed.

Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., the parent company of 7‑Eleven, Inc., operates more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries globally.

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/or licenses more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries, including 11,600 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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7‑Eleven launches test program called RENEW at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. is furthering its commitment to reduce its energy footprint by launching a test program called RENEWTM this month at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Madison, Wisconsin.

RENEW is a reduced emissions program 7‑Eleven®is launching in collaboration with GreenPrint, a company promoting sustainability through the retail gasoline, fleet and consumer product industries.

Customers will be able to reduce emissions by simply purchasing the same high-quality fuel they have always pumped at 7‑Eleven stores. GreenPrint will calculate tailpipe emissions from gasoline sales to determine the amount to invest in certified carbon reduction projects to help neutralize those emissions in the atmosphere. Depending on the type of fuel purchased, emissions can be offset by up to 30 percent.

“As the convenience retail leader, we’re uniquely positioned to promote sustainability by bringing innovative programs like RENEW to market,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “This program, coupled with our 2025 corporate social responsibility targets, furthers our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint, and offers customers a way to make a positive impact on the environment and their local communities.”

For every gallon of gas purchased in the 7‑Eleven RENEW program, an investment will be made in reforestation, green-scape projects, wildlife protection and renewable energy projects designed to help reduce car emissions. The local, regional and global certified carbon reduction projects are designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As part of the one-year test, 100,000 trees will be planted across the United States in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation.

“We are honored to run this test program with a brand like 7‑Eleven that has consistently demonstrated a willingness to be innovative,” said Pete Davis, founder and CEO of GreenPrint. “Their commitment to aggressively pursue sustainability initiatives to benefit the environment sets them apart from competitors. The RENEW program will continue that commitment while creating a unique connection with their customers.”

7‑Eleven announced in 2016 that it was working with Conservation International (CI) to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. 7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. The retailer also joined CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact. Learn more about RENEW at www.7‑Elevenrenew.com.

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 or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About GreenPrint

Founded by a team of loyalty and rewards experts, GreenPrint created the first reduced emissions programs for fuel which is licensed to convenience store chains, energy companies, and corporate fleets – enabling them to sell, or fill up with, more environmentally friendly fuel. Today the company reduces emissions on almost 500 million gallons annually across hundreds of retail locations and 40,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 8 countries.

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7‑Eleven® receives Alliance to Save Energy “Built Environment” award

7‑Eleven honored for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency

IRVING, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Alliance to Save Energy has awarded 7‑Eleven® with the Alliance to Save Energy “Built Environment” award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.

7‑Eleven has successfully decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21 percent over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.

“As the convenience retail leader, we’re proud to be setting an example in maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Joe DePinto, 7‑Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past seven years, we’ve invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 megawatt hours each year and reducing our energy footprint. This is good for the environment, and it’s good for our bottom line. We’re committed to continuing this work, and we’re honored to accept this award from the Alliance to Save Energy.”

The Alliance to Save Energy is in its 25th year of recognizing innovators in the energy efficiency field and reward the hard work of those dedicated to saving energy. This year, winners will be recognized at a dinner on September 14 in Washington, DC.

A list of winners can be viewed here.

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/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
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All three finalists win 7‑Eleven’s first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three’s company at 7‑Eleven, Inc.  The world’s largest convenience retailer announced today (July 17, 2017) that all three finalists will win a 7‑Eleven® store in its first franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs.

Winners Alyson Rae Lawson of Dallas, Texas, Avalon Young of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Evelyn Scott of Chesapeake, Virginia, will each receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any 7‑Eleven® convenience store available in the continental United States. All have indicated they hope to select locations that are close to their homes.

The three finalists were flown, all expenses paid, to the company’s home office in Irving, Texas, to interview with 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. The finalists were selected from seven semi-finalists who went head to head in a competitive online video contest for the chance to make it to the final round.

“To say that each candidate was impressive would be an understatement,” said President and CEO Joe DePinto of his interviews with the three finalists. “Each brings a unique set of strengths. In addition, all are extremely community-oriented and have strong business, leadership and interpersonal skills. Those are qualities successful franchisees need. Any one of them would make a great independent business owner at 7‑Eleven, and I couldn’t see selecting just one, when all three are exactly the type of folks we want as franchisees and as part of the 7‑Eleven network.”

7‑Eleven will donate $10,000 to the charity selected by each winner. The charities align with Project A-Gameâ, a 7‑Eleven grant program that funds youth programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.

Here are the winners and their selected charities:

Avalon Young
Castle Rock, Colorado

Young says she has been in retail all her life, “since I was a paper girl at 13.” At another retailer, she almost tripled sales in four years. Currently the business manager of a computer repair service company, Young is collaborating with a local high school to create technology internships and mentor students interested in the technology and electronics repair industry.

“I can’t wait to be an example to other women and show them what can happen when hard work meets opportunity,” she said. “I’ve always planned on being in retail, and it was a challenge to find the right retailer I could build a business with for the next 30 years. The 7‑Eleven system is perfect for me, and I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

Her favorite 7‑Eleven products: 7-Select® sour neon gummi worms and the new fresh-brewed Iced Coffee

Selected charity: Montessori Educational Foundation

Alyson Lawson
Dallas, Texas

Lawson has three business degrees and lots of enthusiasm. Her MBA and accounting background will prepare her well for the financial side of franchising and her wonderful personality for the people part of the business. Lawson follows in the footsteps of her father, who has franchised national chain restaurants. She leads a busy volunteer life as well, one focused on youth. She has served as a First Tee mentor as well as a youth basketball and soccer coach.

Of the competition to win a fee free 7‑Eleven store, Lawson said, “It has been a long journey, and a rewarding one. I’m glad to come to the finish line and seeing not only was I a winner, but all the women were victorious.”

Her 7‑Eleven favorite: Piña Colada Slurpee® and SweeTARTS®

Selected charity: Lance A. Lemons Memorial Foundation

Evelyn Scott
Chesapeake, Virginia

After 30 years in the U.S. Navy, Scott knows how to run a tight ship. She will soon retire with the rank of Commander Master Chief. Most recently in her military career, Scott has served as a human resources manager responsible for more than 1,900 sailors comprising eight squadrons and staff. She says she will run her business the same way she lives her life – with honesty, self-discipline and efficiency.

“After months of waiting, I still can’t believe it,” Scott said. “Who ever wins a store? This is big! It has already been a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to open my store and be part of the 7‑Eleven family.”

Favorite 7‑Eleven products: 7-Select Pure Alkaline Water and Yosemite Road Moscato Wine

Selected charity: Oscar Smith Middle School

“Women own and operate less than a third of franchised businesses in the U.S., a number we want to help grow,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “Because of our extensive training programs, proven business system, favorable financing, exclusive products and globally recognized brand, 7‑Eleven offers a great entrepreneurial opportunity for women … and men.”

Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven the No. 1 franchise business opportunity earlier this year on its 2017 Franchise 500 list.

To qualify for the Women’s Initiative competition, entrants had to be 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 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.

This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store chain. Today, franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the 7‑Eleven stores in the U.S. An interactive map at www.franchise.7‑Eleven.com indicates stores available for franchising.

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 or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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7‑Eleven acquires 1,108 convenience stores from Sunoco LP

World’s Largest Convenience Retailer Acquires 1,108 Convenience Stores

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, is pleased to announce it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. As part of the agreement, 7‑Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states.

“This acquisition supports our growth strategy in key geographic areas including Florida, mid-Atlantic states, Northeast states, and Central Texas,” said Joe DePinto, President and Chief Executive Officer of 7‑Eleven Inc. “It also provides 7‑Eleven entry into Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, and a strong presence in Corpus Christi and across South Texas.

7‑Eleven, Inc. has 8,707 stores in the United States and Canada. This acquisition will be one of the largest in 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s history, and it will bring 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s total number of stores to 9,815 in the U.S. and Canada.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year.

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 or licenses more than 62,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from expectations and, consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as prediction of future events. 7‑Eleven does not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in their expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

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7‑Eleven sponsors Tony Kanaan’s No. 10 Indy car in four races in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series

7‑Eleven Returns as Veteran INDYCAR Driver Tony Kanaan Sponsor

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. will join with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR)to sponsor popular Verizon IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan 14 years after first backing him at the start of his record-breaking career. 7‑Eleven will be an associate sponsor for Kanaan’s No. 10 Indy car in four races in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series – St. Petersburg (March 12), Long Beach (April 9), Indianapolis 500 (May 28) and Texas Motor Speedway (June 10). The 7‑Eleven logo will appear on Kanaan’s racing suit throughout the season.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be back in the 7‑Eleven family,” said Kanaan. “7‑Eleven was my home for most of my career in INDYCAR and they were with me for 14 out of my 17 wins. It’s definitely special to have them with me to celebrate my 20th INDYCAR season and I’m looking forward to getting them to victory circle again like we did many times in the past.”

The driving force of this collaboration was the strong relationship between the retailer and the racecar driver. 7‑Eleven was Kanaan’s primary sponsor in 2003, his first full year as an INDYCAR driver, and continued through the 2010 season. Kanaan won the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship and would eventually earn the “Iron Man” title of racing. He is also the only INDYCAR driver to complete every lap of every race during a season, all 3,305 of them, and holds the record for most consecutive starts with 265.

The partnership provides an opportunity to use the enthusiasm around auto racing to connect with customers and fans in a meaningful way. Kanaan is as popular off the track as he is a winning driver while on it. In 2014, he won “Most Popular Driver,” an honor voted by racing fans and one 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto recognized long ago.

“Tony has proven himself to be an enthusiastic brand ambassador, both for the sport of racing and for 7‑Eleven,” DePinto said. “Whenever he and the show car made a store appearance, crowds of customers would turn out to meet him. Tony would stay and sign photographs and talk to 7‑Eleven customers for hours. He is a winner in everything he does.”

Kanaan’s first appearance for 7‑Eleven this go-round will be at the 7‑Eleven Experience in Las Vegas, an annual conference for the company’s franchisees.  A show car with the 7‑Eleven logo will be featured at the event being held Feb. 1-2.

“We’re really excited to have 7‑Eleven joining the team for the 2017 season and it’s great to see them back in the sport. They have such a strong history with Tony and we’re just glad that we can be a part of bringing that relationship back into racing,” said CGR President Steve Lauletta. “It’s a huge milestone for Tony to be celebrating his 20th season in INDYCAR and I think 7‑Eleven is a perfect partner to come on board and be a part of the celebration.”

A few things have changed since 7‑Eleven first sponsored Kanaan more than a decade ago. For one thing, the popular driver stays in touch with his fans on social media with hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And instead of being the new kid on the block, Kanaan is now a veteran driver on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. Many of his fans now have families, and their children follow him as well.

“The 7‑Eleven car was a staple in the Verizon IndyCar Series for years and most of my fans still come to me and talk about how great of a run we had together,” said Kanaan. “It’s natural for me to be excited that we are reuniting forces now at Chip Ganassi Racing.”

Kanaan’s favorite 7‑Eleven products? Coffee, great for long drives, sports drinks and better-for-you items like protein bars and fresh fruit.

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 or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. wins No. 1 position in Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. has won the coveted No. 1 position among the franchise elite in Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500. Billed as the most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world, the Franchise 500 presents the top franchise opportunities based on an in-depth evaluation that measures financial strength, stability, growth rate, and brand power.

“As a franchisor, being recognized as the No. 1 business opportunity by Entrepreneur Magazine is a tremendous honor,” said 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “In turn, we recognize that our franchise owners are the key to this iconic brand’s success and share this award with them. Together, we have created a winning franchise system and work every day to provide new opportunities to entrepreneurs.”

Entrepreneur evaluates companies on several key factors: costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.

Since its inception, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 has come to be recognized as a competitive measure for franchisors and an important research tool for entrepreneurs looking for business opportunities.

“We spend months gathering and crunching data to produce the Franchise 500 ranking,” said Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur, “and have developed new ways to measure and analyze franchisors as new critical data points come into play. Franchising is ever-evolving, and factors such as social media presence and financing availability have become increasingly important.”

7‑Eleven created the convenience store concept 90 years ago when a Dallas ice-dock operator decided to offer milk, eggs, and bread in response to his customers’ needs. The company’s first expansion outside of Texas was in Florida. The retailer entered the franchising arena in 1964 with the acquisition of Speedee Mart, a chain of franchised convenience stores in California.

Today, 7‑Eleven is the largest convenience store in the world. 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 18 countries. Almost 11,000 of those are in North America, and 7‑Eleven plans to increase its U.S. presence significantly in the coming years. Currently, 90 percent of 7‑Eleven stores in the U.S. are franchised.

7‑Eleven’s growth strategy attracts a high-quality, diverse mix of individuals to franchise new and existing stores, and encourages current Franchisees to acquire additional stores. The convenience retailer features attractive franchising programs for military veterans along with opportunities for independent convenience store owners to convert and operate their stores under the 7‑Eleven Brand.

“We have aggressive growth goals.” DePinto said, “This is an exciting time for entrepreneurial business owners to join an iconic brand and franchise network.”

To streamline the franchising process, 7‑Eleven has developed an online application, and franchise candidates can be approved, trained to operate their stores in as little as three to six months. Candidates can visit Franchise.7‑Eleven.com to apply.

“7‑Eleven is always looking for new Franchisees to serve their communities, including diverse candidates and retired veterans looking for a second career,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of Franchise Systems. “As we have expanded our fresh and hot food program, entrepreneurs with restaurant and food service experience have begun to seek us out. We welcome enthusiastic entrepreneurs who meet our qualifications to see for themselves why 7‑Eleven is the best franchise opportunity.”

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 or licenses more than 61,000 stores in 17 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for payment services, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
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Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command contest announces all three finalists as winners

DALLAS, 2015-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. hit a triple in Operation: Take Command, the contest to award a U.S. military veteran a 7‑Eleven® store. Although one finalist was expected to emerge in the last round of the competition, all three finalists were selected as winners.

Active-duty Active Duty U.S. Army Captain Robert Kemna of Miami (currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.), Army veteran Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va., and U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas, will all become business-owners of their own 7‑Eleven franchise.

As the last step in the almost six-month long contest, the three finalists interviewed with7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto, an Army veteran himself, last week at the company’s home office in Dallas. So impressed was he by the caliber of the three Operation: Take Command finalists that DePinto made an on-the-spot executive decision.

“How can you pick just one winner when you have three?” DePinto asked. “I was extremely impressed by each one of them – for overcoming adversity, serving their country selflessly, having a heart for service and demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities. These are the kind of folks we want in the 7‑Eleven system. They are all too deserving not to win.

“7‑Eleven is a franchise-centric company focused on how we can best support our franchisees,” DePinto added. “We are proud of our independent franchise business-owners who love Brand 7‑Eleven and tirelessly serve the customers in their communities every day. I look forward to welcoming these three new franchisees to the 7‑Eleven family.”

The Operation: Take Command winners and soon-to-be 7‑Eleven franchisees are:

Salil Gautam of Chesapeake, Va. – Gautam joined the Army just a year after he moved to the United States and served for 4.5 years, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. “I wanted to give back to the country that had done so much for me.”

Before enlisting, the Nepal native’s first job was with a 7‑Eleven store in northern California. After leaving the Army in 2011, he used the leadership skills and work ethic learned in the military to establish a small corporation and turn a failing gas station and convenience store into profitable businesses. As a franchisee, his goals will include mentoring and telling other veterans about the business opportunities 7‑Eleven offers.

“I couldn’t believe that I had won,” Gautam said. “7‑Eleven already does so much for military veterans. Then they decided to give all three finalists a store, which is way above and beyond what I expected from the contest. Everyone in 7‑Eleven’s franchising group has helped so much in the process; it almost feels like family.”

Mentioning the devastation in his native Nepal from the recent earthquake, Gautam said, “Words can’t express my feelings. It is so very sad. I just pray to God that there will be no more casualties or damage.”

Gautam and his wife, Radhika, have a 5-year-old son, Shrish. Salil holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Favorite 7‑Eleven product: 7‑Eleven coffee

Mark Anthony Page of Granbury, Texas – After a tough start in life that included two years in foster care, Page moved in with his grandmother who had 16 children of her own. Page said he enlisted just days after graduating from high school, seeing it both as a way out and a way up. He served in active and reserve duty with the Navy. While in the reserves, Page attended college, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in kinesiology. He taught and coached in secondary schools before taking a position that required him to be away from his home and family. Believing a 7‑Eleven franchise could be the ticket to be closer to home, Page heard about the Operation: Take Command contest and entered.

Saying winning was “unbelievable,” Page added, “This is life-changing. It’s very rare that you know someone who wins something big; you mainly see that on TV. As I moved through the levels of the contest, I started thinking maybe I had a chance. Seeing people from here and even other countries who didn’t know me, but voted for my video on Facebook was very humbling. My wife was my biggest cheerleader. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

Mark Anthony and his wife, Diona, live in Granbury while Page has been commuting to West Texas. Their family includes a son, Dominic Dean, 16; 4-year-old daughter Zaniyah and infant twins, E’lyn and Mark-Anthony. With three small children, they hope to franchise a store that is minutes away from their home, in place of a job that is hours away.

Favorite 7‑Eleven product: Slurpee® drink

Robert Kemna of Miami, Fla. – Born in Iowa, with military assignments around the world, Capt. Kemna said he is ready to settle down in Miami when he transitions from active duty this fall. After all, that’s where his wife, Liliana, lives. The newlyweds, who were married in January, have lived apart since their wedding, with Kemna currently serving at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Kemna has 15 years of service in the Army Reserve, 10 of those on active duty, including one tour in Afghanistan.

When he began looking for civilian jobs to pursue after completing his service, the decorated captain found that his officer status and management skills did not guarantee him the same level position in the private sector.

“I knew I didn’t want to start over with an entry-level job,” Kemna said. “I Googled military-friendly franchisers and 7‑Eleven was at the top of every list. I found out about theOperation: Take Command contest right before the deadline to enter and barely got my paperwork in after my wedding and honeymoon.”

That wasn’t Kemna’s last challenge during the contest period. He was on active duty when he was selected as a top-10 finalist, requiring him to make a short video and campaign for Facebook votes.

“Your success can depend on the people you surround yourself with. In the contest, I needed help and found it amazing that so many people were supportive,” he said. “My wife edited my video from a hotel room while on a trip to Italy, and my entire family took the lead in campaigning for votes.”

Kemna has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in environmental management.

Favorite 7‑Eleven product: 7-Select cookie dough ice cream

The veterans will be reporting for duty soon – at their own 7‑Eleven® stores. Their first assignment, however, is to select their stores. Gautam, Kemna and Page are looking for stores near their homes – in Chesapeake, South Florida and North Texas, respectively.

As contest winners, each veteran 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.

The three finalists were flown to Dallas for one-on-one interviews with DePinto as the final step in the competition. To reach the ultimate showdown, the three received the most votes in a Facebook video competition between 10 Operation: Take Command semi-finalists.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this extraordinary opportunity to win a 7‑Eleven franchise than our military veterans who have given so much for our country,” DePinto said. “7‑Eleven is a winner, too, because veterans bring top-notch leadership skills, a can-do attitude and a mission-oriented focus to their business. Our experience has shown that U.S. veterans have the desire, ambition and core values needed to be successful 7‑Eleven franchisees.”

More than 1,700 veterans and soon-to-be vets from all branches of military service applied for the competition that ran from Veterans Day last November through Jan. 25. Some 300 were qualified and from those, 10 were selected for the video competition whereby the public could vote for their favorite, resulting in the three finalists chosen.

“Some of the veterans who entered but didn’t win were so enthusiastic about starting their own 7‑Eleven business that they already are going through the franchising process to select and acquire a store,” said Greg Franks 7‑Eleven franchise system vice president.

Since 2009, the world’s largest convenience retailer has offered a 10 percent franchise fee discount to all military veterans who meet the company’s franchise qualifications. Last year, they increased this to a 20 percent discount on franchise fees to retired veterans who have left the service in the last five years. The company instituted the incentives for qualified retired and separated veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to help them achieve the American dream of owning one’s own business.

The Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway was a multi-phased competition that included meeting 7‑Eleven’s franchising qualifications, interviews, a Facebook video contest among the 10 preliminary finalists and the final interview with DePinto for the three finalists.

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 and preparation of a business plan and budget.

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 numerous military assistance organizations including Hire Heroes USA, the USO, Operation Homefront, Warrior Gateway, Reserve Aid, and the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund offering college scholarships and grants. 7‑Eleven is also a founding and sustaining partner of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

For more information about the winners, go to www.VeteransFranchiseGiveaway.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 nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,800 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:
Kristin Welsh,
Allyn Media
On behalf of 7‑Eleven, Inc.
214-871-7723
Kristin@allynmedia.com

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Winners in Triplicate – Instead of selecting just one winner in its Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway contest for veterans, 7‑Eleven is awarding a 7‑Eleven store to each of the three finalists. From left, U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page, Active-duty U.S. Army Captain Robert Kemna and U.S. Army veteran Salil Gautam.

Winners in Triplicate – Instead of selecting just one winner in its Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway contest for veterans, 7‑Eleven is awarding a 7‑Eleven store to each of the three finalists. From left, U.S. Navy veteran Mark Anthony Page, Active-duty U.S. Army Captain Robert Kemna and U.S. Army veteran Salil Gautam.

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