IRVING, Texas—The 7-Eleven chain, which originated in Texas, left the East Texas market several years ago. Now, the creator of the beloved Slurpee is moving back to Tyler (pop. 107,000), about 100 miles east of Dallas, reports East Texas Matters.
Permits obtained from the City of Tyler indicate that Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven is in the process of occupying eight Kidd Jones convenience store locations, which are owned by Jerry Kidd Oil Company of Chandler, Texas. The chain operates several locations across the East Texas area including in Lindale, Whitehouse, Gilmer, Brownsboro and Tyler.
According to the publication, 7-Eleven also received a permit to build a c-store with fuel pumps on the former site of a TGI Fridays restaurant in Tyler last year. The restaurant was recently bulldozed, but details about the new store have not yet been announced.
Across the globe, 7-Eleven last month said it signed a master franchise agreement with CP ALL (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. to operate all 7-Eleven stores in Cambodia. The first Cambodian 7-Eleven-branded convenience store is expected to open in Phnom Penh in 2021.
CP ALL, established in 1988, has successfully operated 7‑Eleven stores in Thailand for more than 30 years, and the brand has become part of popular Thai culture, 7-Eleven said. The stores there serve as one-stop destinations for beverages, snacks, ready-to-eat meals, financial services such as banking and bill payment, digital technology and delivery—all which the company plans to replicate for Cambodian customers.
“In the past several years Cambodia’s economy has experienced dramatic growth, and in 2019 was projected to become the fastest-growing economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). CP ALL has done a tremendous job growing the 7‑Eleven brand in Thailand, and I can think of no one better to bring our brand of convenience to consumers in Cambodia,” said 7‑Eleven Inc. President and CEO Joe DePinto. “This relationship also promises to bring additional jobs and economic opportunities throughout Cambodia.”
Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 70,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America, and Cambodia will be the 19th country where 7‑Eleven stores operate or will operate soon.
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