How to Open a 7-Eleven Franchise

by Lindsey Thompson; Updated September 26, 2017

With over 55,800 locations in 16 countries, the 7-Eleven brand is one of the largest convenience store franchises in the world. As of publication, of the 7,800 stores located in the United States, 6,400 are owned and operated by franchisees. Aspiring business owners wanting to open a 7-Eleven store can purchase a franchise by following several steps, which typically takes 60 to 120 days to complete. The initial franchise fee is based on each store's gross profit and can range from $50,000 to $750,000.

Step 1

Candidates for a U.S. franchise must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be a United States resident
  • Have retail, management or customer service experience
  • Have not filed for bankruptcy in the last seven years
  • Have excellent credit
Step 2

Though not required, the seminars 7-Eleven offers provide you with the information needed to start the application process and can answer your questions about the brand. You can find upcoming seminars via the 7-Eleven franchise page.

Step 3

As of publication, 7-Eleven had franchise locations available in 31 states. You can check the Available Locations page to find the most up-to-date list of available states. If you have a location in mind not listed on that page, you can submit a site to the 7-Eleven real estate team by providing your name, phone number, email address and state and zip of the location. You'll finalize your location later in the application process.

Step 4

The company offers three types of franchising opportunities:

  • Single-store--for owners who want to open and operate one store at a time
  • Multi-store--for entrepreneurs with extensive business and retail experience to open several locations at one time
  • Business conversion-- for convenience store owners who want to convert their current business into a 7-Eleven franchise
Step 5

From the 7-Eleven franchise website, fill out and submit the online application. The application asks for your:

  • Personal information like name, address, email address and phone number
  • Retail and management experience
  • Current employment information
  • Asset information 
Step 6

If 7-Eleven feels you are a good fit based on your online application, it will bring you in for an interview with a sales manager, where you'll take qualification tests. During this phase, you'll choose a final location for a store, go through business planning with a 7-Eleven team and have a final interview.

Step 7

As a franchisee, you receive a fully stocked, turnkey store; 7-Eleven takes care of all purchasing land and building and stocking the store. Along with the initial franchise fee, you're still responsible for the following fees:

  • Down payment on the store's inventory--includes supplies, business licenses, permits and bonds and averages $29,000
  • Initial cash register funds
  • Miscellaneous fees like training expenses, advertising and store supplies

Fees vary depending on the area, the store and a store's gross profits in the preceding 12 months.

Tips

    • At times, 7-Eleven runs a Zero-Franchise Fee Initiative where franchisees wanting to open stores in certain markets do not have to pay the initial franchise fee. The company also offers up to 65 percent financing on the initial fee for qualified franchisees.
    • United States military veterans receive a 20 percent discount on the initial franchise fee, up to $50,000 in savings.

About the Author

Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.