MarketWatch:

7-Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer and ranked among U.S. top franchisors, is continuing its aggressive plan to convert the vast majority of its company-operated stores into franchised operations in the U.S. by 2012. The conversion of company-operated stores in some markets began in 2006. Approximately 4,100, or 75 percent, of 7-Eleven, Inc.’s more than 5,600 U.S. stores are now franchised.

According to Dennis Lane, 34-year 7-Eleven(R) store franchisee and chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Stores, 7-Eleven is a great option for those considering purchasing a franchise. “The power of a 7-Eleven franchise over other convenience store franchise options is that it is one of the most recognizable and strongest trademarks and brand names in the world,” he said.

“7-Eleven originated the convenience store concept, and has the infrastructure, tools, technical support and everything necessary to support the franchisee.”

Existing 7-Eleven store managers were the first invited to apply for a 7-Eleven franchise and many have taken advantage of the opportunity. The offer is now available to the public. Those interested in learning more about franchise opportunities can go to 7-Eleven.com, click on the Franchising tab to find information on 7-Eleven’s upcoming franchisee opportunity seminars, or they can call 1-800-255-0711.