IRVING, Texas—7-Eleven, Inc.is expanding in the Pittsburgh area, with more than 20 stores available for franchising, according to Business Insider. The company has been a leader in franchising for nearly 50 years and rated among the top 10 of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 500 Franchise Companies for the past 10 years.
The Pittsburgh-area stores are currently branded Sunoco A-Plus and were part of an 1,100-store acquisition from Sunoco in 2018, the largest in 7-Eleven history. All stores will be formally rebranded as 7-Eleven stores prior to franchising. Already they carry 7-Eleven’s most popular signature items, such as their Slurpee and Big Gulp beverages, freshly brewed coffee, hot pizza, chicken wings, and proprietary 7-Select® branded snacks. Three of the company's 7-Select private brand products were awarded "Salute to Excellence" awards, the National Private Manufacturers Association's top honor.
“Our store support teams are constantly looking for new ways to set 7-Eleven apart from the competition and offer top-quality products and services Pittsburgh consumers won't find anywhere else,” said Dorian Cunion, zone vice president, 7-Eleven.
"Owning a franchise is a terrific opportunity for enterprising individuals to have independence, be their own boss and have the support and stability that comes with an established brand," said Greg Franks, senior vice president and CFO.
7-Eleven’s business model provides ongoing business support from the day the franchising agreement is signed. With a simplified application and streamlined franchising process, a potential candidate can become a franchise owner of a store in as little as three to six months. New franchisees receive an operation with land, building and equipment provided.
Franchise ownership is ideal for families, women, entrepreneurs, retired or separated military veterans and others seeking second careers. Through the military veterans' franchise program, qualified veterans who become first-time franchisees can receive up to a 20% discount on the franchise fee for the first store they franchise. This discount can range from $1,000 up to approximately $35,000, depending on the store.
“Pittsburgh lands at the top of so many lists as one of the best places to live, work and visit," Cunion said. "I can't think of a better environment in which to become a business owner of a 7-Eleven franchise."