Why 7-Eleven

Oh Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven!®
A success story fueled by customers’ needs

“Give the customers what they want, when and where they want it.”

Joe C. Thompson Jr. | 7‑Eleven Founder

7‑Eleven is the world’s #1 convenience store. Our brand is known and loved around the world and our iconic products are a big part of the American culture. And although we’ve grown like crazy over the years, our focus stays fixed on making life easier for customers. This idea may sound simple, but it’s the reason we’re the marketplace leader today. It’s also why both customers and investors are eager to be part of the 7‑Eleven story.

A growing global brand

When you franchise with 7‑Eleven, you become part of a brand that’s recognized around the world. We’re also proud of the fact that we’re consistently ranked as a top-five franchisor.

What started on an ice dock in 1927 has evolved into more than 63,000 stores located in 17 countries around the world. For our franchise owners, that means the 24/7 consumer demand remains robust.

And in a rapidly changing digital world, convenience takes on a brand new meaning. Yes, it’s still about milk and bread, but now it encompasses more – like banking and delivery services, rewards programs and super convenient digital apps. We’re continuously inventing and rethinking ways to stay convenient in a busy, changing world.

With 60,000 store locations and counting, there’s bound to be an available franchise in the community you know best. If not now – stick around. There’s a new store born every three hours!

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The best kind of neighbor

Our focus is convenience – but we're also in the business of service. And that business extends beyond our stores, into the communities where customers live, work and play. As a Franchisee, getting to know your neighbors opens up all kinds of opportunities to serve, not only with a product selection tailored to their needs, but through programs and initiatives that can help enhance the safety, education and health of the entire neighborhood.

Advertising & marketing support

There’s a reason people around the world recognize the 7‑Eleven brand. It’s called advertising. As a Franchisee, you reap all the rewards of some pretty incredible ad campaigns and marketing strategies. These include national TV and radio commercials, social media, special events and promotions – even public relations support. We’ve also got you covered on a local level with grand opening packages, bilingual support, in-store signage and more. Check out some of our latest work.

the iconic Slurpee is a best seller for 7-Eleven franchisees
7-Rewards keep customers coming back to local franchise locations

The 7-Eleven story in years


The World's First

To make life a little easier on his customers, “Uncle Johnny” Jefferson Green has the bright idea to start selling everyday staples from the dock of a local icehouse in Dallas, Texas. The world’s first convenience store is born.


Drinks for Everyone

Prohibition is repealed and the ice docks start selling beer and liquor, which dramatically impacts store growth.


The Idea Spreads

Southland Ice Company President and Founder Joe C. Thompson Jr. takes Uncle Johnny’s idea to other local ice docks. Within a decade, locations selling the new product line triple in numbers. The new “convenience stops” are called Tote’m Stores


A New Name

The name changes from Tote’m Stores to 7-Eleven to reflect the new extended hours – 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.


Beyond Texas

The one-stop shopping locations offer everything consumers need, including gas. New stores open in Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.


Driving in Cars

More and more people now own cars, which means the need for convenience is on the rise. 7-Eleven opens the 1,000th store – and counting.


All Night Long

A 7-Eleven location near a university in Austin stays open all night to accommodate students. The 24/7 idea is a hit and soon catches on in other locations.


Franchise This

7-Eleven enters the franchising business with the purchase of several Speedee Mart franchises in California.


The Drink Revolution

It starts with the launch of the Slurpee® drink and the world’s first coffee to go.


Crossing Borders

7-Eleven goes international and opens locations in Canada, bumping up the number of stores to 3,500.


The Self-Service Movement

7-Eleven leads the way, offering self-serve gas and the first self-serve soda fountain. Americans are also introduced to the Big Gulp® fountain drink.


World Traveler

7-Eleven continues opening new international locations, including stores in Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Malaysia and the Philippines.


Getting Healthy

7-Eleven starts shipping fresh food products daily to meet the needs of health-conscious consumers.


No Signs of Stopping

With 60,000 stores – and counting – located around the globe, we’re more determined than ever to continue innovating and delivering “what the customers want, when and where they want it.”

Our leadership

Meet the individuals who demonstrate Servant Leadership in their integrity, guest focus and team approach to making 7‑Eleven the world’s #1 global franchise.

Joseph M. DePinto
President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe DePinto is the President and CEO of 7‑Eleven, Inc. and leads the premier company in convenience retailing. Globally, there are more than 69,000 7‑Eleven stores of which some 11,800 stores are in North America.

Before being appointed Chief Executive of 7‑Eleven, Inc. in 2005, Joe was President of GameStop Corporation. He has also held executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc. and Thornton Oil Corporation.

Currently, Joe is a Board Director of 7‑Eleven, Inc., Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3382), and is the Chairman of the Board of Brinker International (NYSE: EAT).

In December 2017, Joe was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Convenience Stores, the Business Executives for National Security, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, the UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation. Additionally, Joe is a Council member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Military Service Initiative, the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board, and the Dallas Stars Ownership Advisory Group.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ken Wakabayashi
Senior Vice President and Head of International

Ken Wakabayashi is the Senior Vice President and Head of International for 7‑Eleven, Inc. He also serves as a Board Director for 7‑Eleven Mexico as well as the National Association of Convenience Stores International (NACS International).

Ken began his career with Seven-Eleven Japan in 1994 and held positions in Operations and Corporate Planning before transitioning to Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd. in Overseas Finance in 2002.

In 2004, Ken moved from Tokyo to Dallas and joined 7‑Eleven, Inc. as Director, Operations Support and was promoted to Vice President, Operations Support in 2006.

After serving in a variety of leadership roles at 7‑Eleven, Inc., Ken went to Japan in 2014 for a one year assignment at Seven-Eleven Japan and returned to 7‑Eleven, Inc. in 2015 as the Senior Vice President of Planning.

Ken has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Montevallo where he graduated Cum Laude in 1994.

Ken is a collector of 7‑Eleven artifacts and memorabilia, and his favorite colors are Orange, Green and Red. He lives in Coppell, Texas with his wife Harumi and daughter Koharu.

Stanley Reynolds
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer

Stan Reynolds is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer for 7‑Eleven, Inc. He is responsible for the company’s Finance, Planning, Development, and Information Technology functions.

Reynolds joined the company as Manager of Corporate Finance in 1997 and was named Assistant Treasurer in 2000. He was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer in 2001, added responsibility for strategic planning in 2005, and was named CFO later that year. In 2016, Reynolds assumed the additional role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to joining 7‑Eleven, Reynolds was Vice President in Corporate Banking at NationsBank and previously worked as a Staff Accountant at Ernst & Whinney.

Reynolds was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Children’s Place, Inc. in November, 2014. He is a Certified Public Accountant and maintains professional memberships with Finance Executives International and the Association for Finance Professionals. Reynolds earned a MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree with summa cum laude honors from Henderson State University.

Jack Stout
Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Demand Chain

Jack Stout is Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Demand Chain at 7‑Eleven, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company's merchandising operations, category management, new product introductions, new category and profit center development, store sets, marketing and merchandise communications, fresh foods and commissaries, as well as the combines distribution centers that serve 7‑Eleven, Inc.'s stores. He also is a member of 7‑Eleven's executive committee.

Stout joined the company in 2003 as Operations Planning Manager. He went on to hold positions as Director of Store Development Strategy, Senior Director of National Franchise and Vice President of Business and Financial Planning prior to his joining the Merchandising Leadership team in 2015.

Before joining 7‑Eleven, Stout served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Air Force Commendations Medal and selected as a Professional Performer by the Inspector General. After serving in the military, Stout held positions with TXU Energy and Booz Allen and Hamilton. He currently serves on the board of Café Momentum, a non-profit culinary and restaurant organization that provides mentoring, support and work experience to at-risk youth in North Texas.

Stout Graduated from Duke University, Durham, N.C., where he studied Mathematics and earned his BS degree. He also holds a MS degree from Wright State University in Applied Statistics and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Chris Tanco
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Chris Tanco is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for 7‑Eleven, Inc.  He leads all aspects of operations for 7‑Eleven’s stores and has the following functions reporting to him: Field Operations, Operations Support, Fuels, Franchising, and Canada Business Unit.  He continues to serve on the board of 7‑Eleven Mexico and represents 7‑Eleven, Inc.’s joint-venture interests there.  He is also a member of 7‑Eleven’s Executive Committee.

Previously, Tanco was as an Executive Vice-President and led 7‑Eleven’s  International business that included the company’s global portfolio of more than 30,000 licensed, franchised and joint-venture stores operating in 18 countries.

Before joining 7‑Eleven, Tanco was the Chief Franchise Officer for Pizza Hut. With nearly 20 years of experience, he served in various operations, international, general management, and franchise leadership roles with Yum Brands.  Prior to Yum, Tanco was a successful entrepreneur in the Philippines.

Tanco holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia Darden Business School.  Tanco speaks four languages and has lived and worked on several continents.  He serves on the boards of Catholic Charities of Dallas, 7‑Eleven Mexico, and Max’s Group Inc., the largest casual dining publicly traded firm in the Philippines.

Rankin Gasaway
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Rankin Gasaway is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for 7‑Eleven, Inc.  He leads the company’s legal, government affairs, compliance and asset protection teams.

Prior to his appointment by Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7‑Eleven, Inc., Rankin served as vice president and deputy general counsel for 7‑Eleven.  In this capacity, he was responsible for all legal support for human resources, merchandising, logistics, information systems, trademarks, environmental and general corporate matters.

Rankin is a 25-year veteran of 7‑Eleven and has handled a variety of corporate matters during his tenure with the company.  He joined 7‑Eleven in December 1991 and served as senior counsel with primary responsibility for litigation and employment law.

Rankin began his career as an associate at Gardere & Wynne.  He holds a bachelor's degree in government and law from the University of Texas, and earned a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Scott Hintz
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Scott Hintz is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for 7‑Eleven, Inc.  He leads 7‑Eleven’s talent strategy including talent acquisition, talent management, training & development, total rewards, and employee relations.  He is also a member of 7‑Eleven’s Executive Committee.

Scott has over 20 years of experience in compensation, benefits, international and HR business partner roles for industry leading companies including Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), Sabre, Essilor of America, and Maxus Energy.  He joined 7‑Eleven in 2005 and has served in a variety of leadership roles.  Scott has an extensive background in executive compensation working closely with Compensation Committees and Boards of Directors.

Scott has a BA in economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.  He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Lee and their three children.

Mani Suri
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mani Suri oversees 7‑Eleven technology strategy and leads all of 7‑Eleven’s digital product engineering, data science, information technology and information security teams. He is also spearheading the build-out of a global retail platform that will enable franchisees across the globe to streamline and innovate their core technical functions.

Mani is a technology executive with more than 25 years of experience leading IT driven business transformations, digital innovations and technical talent. Prior to his role at 7‑Eleven, Mani was a Vice President of Digital Technology at CBRE where he led the software engineering and innovations team in the development of a global experience platform.

During his 17 years at Capital One, Mani led a variety of technology projects including Capital One’s Innovation Lab. Built from scratch and under Mani’s inspiring tutelage, the innovation lab was able to attract the best talent and function with start-up like execution to transform horizon projects into reality.  Mani also spearheaded the technology due diligence of a $6 billion credit card portfolio acquisition.

Mani has a track record of delivering high-stakes products in accelerated timelines and under uncertain conditions.  Mani is a highly committed leader who is dedicated to building strong innovative teams and inspiring a positive culture. Mani earned a degree in Bachelors of Engineering (Electronics) from Nagpur University, India

Tarang Sethia
Chief Digital Officer

Tarang Sethia is the Chief Digital Officer at 7‑Eleven, Inc. and a member of 7‑Eleven’s Executive Committee. He joined 7‑Eleven in 2016 bringing more than 15 years of experience in Digital Product Management, Strategy and Technology.

His vision is to redefine convenience for customers by building experiences of the future for them and those who serve them like the stores and the enterprise functions. He is committed to transform the business by leveraging data for competitive advantage. He leads Digital Initiatives & Businesses for the customer, store and entire enterprise wherein he has the following functions and products reporting to him: Digital Strategy, Digital Products (including 7Rewards Loyalty Program, Mobile Checkout, Fuel Rewards, Store systems), User Experience and Design, Analytics, Digital Operations, Data and R&D.  Under Tarang’s leadership, 7Rewards Loyalty Program has grown from 6M total members to 24M and active members have grown to 10M.  Additionally, 7Rewards Loyalty program has been recognized globally including Loyalty360’s Best in Class Award, Auggie award for best Augmented Reality Experience, Loyalty Magazine’s Best New Loyalty Launch of the year.

Prior to 7‑Eleven, Tarang was part of a high performing team formed to drive digital transformation at Intuit. He credits Intuit as a place where he learned the art of delighting customers with simple solutions by being Customer Obsessed and using Mobile First and Data/AI Enabled principles.  At American Airlines, he played a key role in the transformation of AAdvantage loyalty platform leveraging technology and data.

Tarang holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, master’s degree from University of Texas at Dallas in Computer Science and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.


Marissa Henderson Jarratt
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Marissa is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of 7‑Eleven, Inc. and leads the marketing strategy to “redefine convenience” for today’s digitally-savvy customer. She is accountable for customer insights, brand strategy, visual identity, communications strategy and execution across all mediums, including CRM, digital, social and all other channels.

Marissa brings deep food and beverage knowledge and marketing expertise to 7‑Eleven, having held multiple senior leadership positions at PepsiCo, where she served as VP Global Snacks Marketing, and at Dean Foods Company, where she served as SVP and Head of Marketing, General Manager for the Frozen Business Unit, and Chairman of the Board for Good Karma Foods, a plant-based food and beverage company. Marissa has led the marketing strategies for some of America’s favorite brands, including Lay’s Potato Chips, Cheetos Snacks, TruMoo Chocolate Milk and Friendly’s Ice Cream, delivering business growth and building brand equity in the process.     

Marissa has been recognized as a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, as a Rising Star by the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and as a “40 Under 40” Brand Innovator.

Marissa is a life-long Texas Longhorn and holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

7-Eleven videos

New Conveniences
New Conveniences

There’s a reason 7-Eleven is the world’s #1 convenience store. We’re convenient in all kinds of new ways! Busy customers can stop by for lunch, a cellphone charger, headphones – even greeting cards! We’re just down the street. Stop by and see what’s new! Our Franchisees are the ones that keep their stores stocked with the items their customers are looking for. Find out other ways 7-Eleven Franchising is fitting into the neighborhood.

Working Together for the Customer
Working Together for the Customer

At 7-Eleven, we believe in working with Franchisees to solve problems. After all, our success depends on their success. So when it became clear that customers wanted more selection in stores, 7-Eleven and its Franchisees went to work, introducing around 800-1,000 new items to stores over a six-week period and increasing daily sales in the process.

7-Select™ Branded Product
7-Select™ Branded Product

Quality products create loyal customers and that means better profits for Franchisees. That’s the whole idea behind our 7-Select line. Every 7-Select product is tailored to what customers want – down to the smallest details. In 2015, 7-Eleven launched the largest pipeline of product innovation in franchise history, adding to the growing selection of proprietary products that set 7-Eleven apart from the competition. Private brands are a key part of a growing global brand that’s known and loved around the world.

Your Neighborhood Bakery
Your Neighborhood Bakery

At 7-Eleven, we know people want to eat what they like – where they live. Especially when it comes to bakery items. We’re a neighborhood store, which means Franchisees get to know what their customers love. They can order daily, and our bakeries are able to bake fresh, quality foods that Franchisees are proud of. Quality is first when it comes to local customers! Find our more about how our Franchisees keep their customers coming back for more of what they love.

Innovative Technology
Innovative Technology

What could be better than owning your own Slurpee® machine? Try a smarter Slurpee machine. Technology is all about convenience and nobody does convenience better than 7-Eleven. With new equipment, investments in innovation and a world-class mobile app, 7-Eleven strives for simpler store operations that allow Franchisees to spend more time connecting with customers.

Communities We Serve - Franchisee Spotlight
Communities We Serve - Franchisee Spotlight

Communities we serve. Communities we love! Our Franchisees are dedicated to becoming pillars of the corners they care for. They are their own bosses offering the merchandise, fresh food and beverages that make us the brand we are across the nation. Sounds right up your alley? Apply now!

I Am A 7-Eleven Franchisee - Franchisee Spotlight
I Am A 7-Eleven Franchisee - Franchisee Spotlight

When Franchisees say they love us, they mean it. And we love them! Over 3,000 7-Eleven Brand personnel work hard for our Franchisees so they can receive the services, products and local flair that make us one of the nation’s favorite and most successful franchises. Be a Franchisee and apply now.

New Business Leadership Council
New Business Leadership Council

7-Eleven executive leadership is listening to its Franchisees. And they’re doing it at the New Business Leadership Council (NBLC), a platform designed for addressing challenges and issues facing today’s 7-Eleven Franchisees. The NBLC is made up of successful Franchisees from across the country, as well as key 7-Eleven executives – including 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto. The NBLC is one of many ways we’re working together to build a stronger brand.

The Coffee Commission
The Coffee Commission

When people come together to listen, communicate and innovate, great things happen – especially when coffee is involved. The Coffee Commission is made up of 7-Eleven Franchisees in New York who know and love their coffee. The purpose of the Commission is to determine how to create the best coffee experience for 7-Eleven customers. This is just one of the many ways 7-Eleven Franchisees are able to innovate on behalf of our customers.

7-Eleven Manhattan Franchisees
7-Eleven Manhattan Franchisees

Once again, Franchisees are key to a 7-Eleven success story. Stagnant sales in Manhattan stores caused Franchisees to rethink how they merchandised their stores. Because they know their customers well, Franchisees were able to restock their shelves with more of what their neighborhoods loved. The new inventory resulted in record-breaking sales that haven’t stopped climbing. 7-Eleven has more than 56,000 convenience stores located worldwide. There’s bound to be one in your neighborhood.

All About Convenience - Franchisee Spotlight
All About Convenience - Franchisee Spotlight

Convenience. Back in 1927 we pretty much invented it. We’re all about it! And we provide it to Franchisees and consumers alike. Our systems are easy to use, our profit sharing is one of the industry’s fairest and squarest, and it’s all backed by a recognized, reliable and trusted brand.

Alex Degan
Alex Degan

Alex Degan left a successful IT career to pursue business ownership with 7‑Eleven. He is now about to close on his fourth store. Watch Alex talk about why he made the choice to change his professional path, and why it’s been a great decision.

Clement Osimetha
Clement Osimetha

Clement Osimetha had a 17-year career as a prominent attorney. He decided that he wanted more control of his time, more control over his future. He wanted to own his own business, and the franchise opportunity with 7‑Eleven provided exactly what he was looking for.

Let us brag a little

7‑Eleven has put a lot of energy into making customers’ lives easier. We’ve also worked hard to build a franchise model that’s just as convenient. As a result, we’ve received some pretty nice accolades.

Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2016
Best Employers For Veterans Award from Military Times
The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies Award
Entrepreneur.com Top Franchise Award

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