Thursday, October 11, 2012

7-Eleven selling Charlotte franchises

Months after buying 55 Sam's Mart locations in and around Charlotte, 7-Eleven is converting many of them to franchises and selling them to local owners as 7-Eleven stores.

The retailer said it has sold three of the 55 stores, which reopened as 7-Elevens, to local franchisees. The January deal, for an undisclosed price, brought 7-Eleven back to the Charlotte market 24 years after the  convenience store operator left.

About 5,000 of the company's U.S. stores are operated by franchisees. One of those new franchisees in Charlotte is Bob Powers, who took over the store at 7740 Bruton Smith Boulevard on Oct. 8. Powers plans to buy two more 7-Eleven franchises this year, the company said.

"We expect our inventory of available stores to move quickly," said Doug Doyle, the company's manager in the Charlotte region. The company requires seven weeks of training for franchisees at an existing location, and provides support with functions such as payroll.

If you're interested in becoming a 7-Eleven franchisee, you can sign up for an informational seminar at the Embassy Suites in Concord here. The company is holding monthly meetings.

Bob Powers, courtesy 7-Eleven
And lest you think Slurpees, Big Gulps, and those hot dogs which will forever remind me of late nights in college are cheap, remember this: 7-Eleven has 48,000 stores globally, and generated more than $76 billion worth of sales last year. 7-Eleven said it plans to continue growing through franchises, acquisitions, and a program under which existing businesses can covert to 7-Elevens.


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh thank heaven!

Anonymous said...

I really could have done without you mentioning those hot dogs.

Ely Portillo said...

Those hot dogs are forever etched in my memory as the only food I could get after 2 a.m.

Anonymous said...

I never understood the hype behind 7-eleven but please let me know when Wawa gets here!

Anonymous said...

Rather have WaWa.

A. Cook said...

Morelciklly that Sheetz will hit this market before WaWa. For now it is QT.

Anonymous said...

Well, I worked at 7-11 for 2 weeks some years ago. They had generous benefits at the time, and paid for college tuition. NOTHING was worth the filth, the chaotic management and treatment of employees. It was the only job I worked (in 40 years) that I gave no notice and just bailed on. My worst memory? Taking a paint scraper to clean the build-up of milk and other ..."food" that had built up on the floor of the freezer case. Hope all of that is better now. But, I won't go there.

Anonymous said...

Like some of the other commenters, I would love to see WaWa down here. Their stores are clean, well stocked, fairly priced (not like the ridiculous prices down here) and the staff are nice. But, if WaWa is not to be, I'm very happy with the QT's.

Anonymous said...

Used to be 3 for $1. And condiments were free! That was "dinner" often in college...

Clint Shaff said...

7-Eleven is that one store that provides customers almost everything they need on a daily basis. There’ll be no regrets franchising this store, as it has become everyone’s favorite stopover. There is a hundred percent chance that retailers will gain profit from it easily because it offers snacks, cosmetics, liquor, cigarettes, magazines, school supplies, and the very famous Slurpee that anyone may want to purchase every day.

Clint Shaff