IRVING, Texas—As 7-Eleven heads into Slurpee season and its busiest time of year, the c-store chain and participating independent franchise owners are collectively recruiting as many as 40,000 new employees to fill positions at their more than 13,000 U.S. stores, including 3,800 newly acquired Speedway locations. Participating sites will hold a National Hiring Day June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.
“Now that a growing number have received vaccines and the economy is opening back up, people are more than ready to get back to normal,” said Chris Tanco, 7-Eleven executive vice president and COO, in a press release. “That includes finding steady jobs with future opportunities, and 7-Eleven, Speedway and 7-Eleven independent franchise owners offer just that. The iconic 7-Eleven brand is a great place to learn and grow ... and might just be a match made in (Oh Thank) Heaven.”
When COVID-19 struck last year, the convenience retailer and its participating franchisees put out two hiring calls for 40,000 new employees to keep local corporate or franchisee-owned stores, classified as "essential retailers," open and responsive to customers' needs. 7-Eleven estimates that more than 50,000 employees were hired across the company and independent 7-Eleven franchise owners.
Meanwhile, Speedway Transport Operations, the private fuel delivery fleet for Speedway, is hiring 100 drivers over the next 100 days to fill growth-related fuel delivery driving positions, according to a separate press release. Full-time and part-time driving positions are open primarily in the Southeast United States, with a focus on fleets based in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Speedway Transport Operations will provide and pay for a fuel delivery driver training program for drivers with class-A commercial driver's license and hazmat and tanker endorsements. If drivers with one or more years of fuel delivery experience meet Speedway Transport Operations qualifications, they will receive an additional bonus.
The U.S. continues to experience a shortage of truck drivers. The lack of drivers has impacted deliveries across the country.