7-Eleven Inc.

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Convenience stores

Number of Locations: 53,516

Total Investment: $37.2K - $1.6M

Founded: 1927

Began Franchising: 1964

About 7-Eleven Inc.

7-Eleven's origins date back to 1927, when an employee of the Southland Ice Company in Dallas, Texas, began selling milk, bread and eggs in addition to the ice blocks. That employee, Joe C. Thompson, eventually bought the Southland Ice Company, turned it into the Southland Corporation, and began opening convenience stores. The first stores went by the name Tote'm, since customers "toted" away their purchases, but in 1946, when the stores' hours were extended--from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.--they got a new name. Although 7-Eleven stores are now open 24 hours a day, the name stuck.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 8,170 0 44,857 489
2013 8,144 0 42,316 484
2012 7,503 0 39,318 477
2011 6,723 0 32,880 465
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Midwest, North Carolina, Northeast, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia.
Franchisor is seeking new units in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, Western Europe.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $37,200 - $1,635,200
Franchise Fee: $10,000 - $1,000,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: Varies
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10-20% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $100,000 - $250,000
Liquid Cash Available: $50,000 - $150,000
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 7 - 10. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Accounts Receivable

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At local training centers : 6 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: In-house marketing team

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #10 (2015), #6 (2014), #4 (2013), #3 (2012), #4 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #2 (2014), #3 (2013), #9 (2012), #17 (2011),
America's Top Global: #1 (2014), #1 (2013),