7‑Eleven® store’s Zero Franchisee Fee Initiative deadline Sept. 30, 2017

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entrepreneurs looking for the right financial opportunity to start a business better hurry to take advantage of the Zero Franchisee Fee Initiative to franchise a 7‑Eleven® store. The program ends Sept. 30, 2017. Until then, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee, a savings of up to $80,000, on select U.S. stores available to franchise.

Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven the No. 1 franchise business opportunityearlier this year on its 2017 Franchise 500 list, which makes the Zero Franchisee Fee an ideal opportunity to join a recognized global brand.

7‑Eleven introduced the zero-fee program in 2015 following a period of rapid growth and brought it back in 2016. During that time, the company franchised more than 200 stores. Currently, approximately 200 more eligible stores available to franchise are located in metropolitan areas across the country including cities like Buffalo, Richmond & Jacksonville.

“The Zero Franchise Fee program has been successful on several fronts,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of Franchise Systems. “It has provided an attainable, affordable entry point for many people wanting to go into business on their own. The company has gained greater diversity with more military veterans and Hispanics joining the franchisee family. And existing franchisees have taken the opportunity to acquire additional stores.”

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 Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process, which can take anywhere from five to seven months.

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.

After an acquisition and rebranding, 7‑Eleven works to establish a local customer base before looking to transition these stores from company to franchise operations.

7‑Eleven offers its franchise owners the strength of its world-renowned brand. 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.

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.

Because these stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average, 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 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:

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

 

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven launches franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs

Winner’s Franchise-Fee Waiver Worth up to $190,000

IRVING, 2017-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Less than one-third of franchised businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, a statistic 7‑Eleven, Inc. would like to see rise. In an effort to increase its own number of female franchisees, the world’s largest convenience retailer is kicking off a franchise give-away contest targeted exclusively to women entrepreneurs.

7‑Eleven® invites qualified women to enter the contest and consider becoming an independent business owner with the No. 1 franchise business opportunity, as named in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500. One deserving woman will be awarded a 7‑Eleven fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

In addition, 7‑Eleven will make a donation to the winning woman’s charity of choice that aligns with its Project A-Gameâ program. Project A-Game grants help provide youth a foundation for success by funding programs focused on education, fitness, safety and hunger relief.

The competition is similar to 7‑Eleven’s successful Operation: Take Command® franchise giveaway for U.S. military veterans. Like Operation: Take Command, this multi-phase competition includes meeting company franchising qualifications, preliminary interviews, video contest and a final one-on-one interview with 7‑Eleven senior leadership for the top finalists.

“Some of our most successful franchisees across the country are women,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of franchise systems. “7‑Eleven serves a diverse customer base, and the number of women shopping our stores continues to grow. More and more are choosing to become independent business owners, and 7‑Eleven offers a proven system and one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities around.”

After meeting qualifications, submitting an essay and talking to 7‑Eleven franchise sales representatives, the top 25 candidates 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 semifinal competition. By voting for their favorite videos on the 7‑Eleven Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7‑Eleven’s franchise department management and narrowed to one winner.

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 women can enter online at WomensFranchiseGiveaway.com now through 11:59 p.m. CST on April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced in July 2017.

To qualify, an entrant must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 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.

This year marks the 53rd year of franchising for the world’s largest convenience store. 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 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: 1-800-255-0711

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
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

More than 9,000 veterans already have entered 7‑Eleven’s Operation: Take Command; deadline on February 26

DALLAS, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of veterans are charging ahead to enlist inOperation: Take Command, 7‑Eleven, Inc.’ssecond franchise giveaway contest targeted exclusively to U.S. military veterans.

With the Feb. 26 deadline for entries fast approaching, more than 9,000 veterans have entered, already exceeding last year’s total number of entrants.

The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any 7‑Eleven® convenience store available in the continental U.S. at the contest’s culmination. Interested veterans, who are first-time 7‑Eleven franchise applicants, can enter online at www.VeteransFranchiseGiveaway.com through Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The winner will be announced in June.

“This is a great opportunity for a veteran to take charge of his or her future,” said Larry Hughes, 7‑Eleven vice president of Franchise Systems and himself a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran. “Veterans have a proven track record as 7‑Eleven franchisees. Leadership and character, systems orientation, discipline, the ability to build teams … the qualities that are stressed in the military are the same ones that lead to success in our system.”

In addition to their military experience, many of the veterans who have entered this year’s Operation: Take Command competition hold bachelor’s and graduate degrees and possess business, retail and management skills.

The Operation: Take Command franchise giveaway 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 for the semi-finals round, which includes a Facebook video contest. The three getting the most Facebook votes will be interviewed by 7‑Eleven’s franchise department and narrowed to one winner.

To qualify for the contest, 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 location preferences.

7‑Eleven has been recognized by veterans’ organizations 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.

“Response to this year’s Operation: Take Command has already surpassed last year, I think in part because veterans recognize what a great opportunity owning a 7‑Eleven franchise can be and that 7‑Eleven is a military-friendly company on all fronts,” Hughes said. “Five of the top 10 finalists in last year’s contest are now 7‑Eleven franchisees.”

7‑Eleven was selected a 2014-2015 “Best for Vets” franchise by Military Times, a Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines in 2014, 2015 and 2016, one of U.S. Veterans Magazine Top 100 Veteran-Friendly Companies, and MVE (Most Valuable Employer) by civilianjobs.com.

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 that we offer to veterans is not applicable to this contest when calculating the initial franchise fee for the selected store. 

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 placing #7 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2016, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015; #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:

Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
stephanie.shaw@7-11.com

7‑Eleven® invites customers in its second “pay-it-forward” pizza campaign this Halloween weekend

Retailer Invites Customers to Pay it Forward with Pizza

PORTLAND, Ore., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Halloween can be a scary holiday for kids. But not having enough food is even scarier for too many kids in the greater Portland and Vancouver, Wash., areas. Local 7‑Eleven® stores are inviting residents to do something about it this Halloween weekend in its second “pay-it-forward” pizza campaign.

More than 90 stores are participating in the three-day campaign. Customers can purchase a large pizza (pepperoni or cheese) for $5.55, which will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bankand Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver.

While 7‑Eleven’s pizzas are typically baked and served hot to customers, the donated pizzas are kept frozen until recipient families choose to prepare them. The pizzas will be distributed to the needy through local nonprofit organizations.

Last December, Portland 7‑Eleven stores invited customers to give away pizzas to the  needy. The idea took off. One store, the 7‑Eleven on NE Kane Drive in Gresham, sold 45 pizzas in a single day, and the customers donated more than 1,300 pizzas during the holiday campaign.

“Halloween is a holiday geared toward children who love to dress up and get treats in their neighborhoods,” said Larry Hughes, zone leader for 7‑Eleven stores in the Pacific Northwest. “Pizza is a lot of kids’ favorite food, and the pay-it-forward pizza program offers a quick and easy way for people to treat a needy family to a hot meal their children will love.”

A special display complete with pizza boxes and a colorful sign communicates the pay-it-forward campaign in the participating 7‑Eleven stores that offer hot foods like fresh-baked pizza, chicken tenders and wings.

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 more than 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,200 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; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, 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” and 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

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Portland, Ore., -area 7‑Eleven® stores treat food banks in its pay-it-forward pizza campaign this Halloween weekend.  Customers can purchase a large pizza Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at the participating convenience stores that 7‑Eleven will then deliver to Oregon Food Bank and Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver, Wash.

Portland, Ore., -area 7‑Eleven® stores treat food banks in its pay-it-forward pizza campaign this Halloween weekend. Customers can purchase a large pizza Oct. 31- Nov. 2 at the participating convenience stores that 7‑Eleven will then deliver to Oregon Food Bank and Birch Community Services in Portland and the LINKS food program in Vancouver, Wash.