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, click on the Franchising tab to find information on 7-Eleven’s upcoming franchisee opportunity seminars, or they can call 1-800-255-0711.