7-Eleven Australia Brings Convenience to Far North Queensland

The retailer plans to invest $15 million to build stores and create jobs.

July 01, 2021

7-Eleven Australia Convenience Store

MELBOURNE, Australia—7-Eleven Australia said it is investing in Far North Queensland for the first time, and about 15 stores are expected to open in the region during the next two years.

“We are continuing to work with landlords and developers to identify opportunities to secure the right sites to meet the needs of the community,” said Braeden Lord, general manager, 7-Eleven Australia. “We’re starting in Townsville and Cairns and will be continuing to explore the region, which we feel has a huge potential for growth.”

The chain plans to open stores in Townsville and Cairns before June 2022, and Lord is expecting more expansion across the region by 2023.

“Recent investments in our supply chain have made it possible for us to bring our offer to Townsville and Cairns,” he said. “7-Eleven is committed to providing regional Australians with access to the same level of choice and convenience that is available to people who live in metropolitan areas.”

He said that the $15 million-plus investment will help drive economic growth in the area and create more than 200 full-time jobs during the building phase and 150 store jobs.

7-Eleven is one of many c-store chains expanding in Australia and Southeast Asia. Last month, E-Mart24 announced plans to expand into Malaysia, taking on rival CU and 7-Eleven in that arena.

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