Unleash Your Potential

While we may be called 7‑Eleven, we show up 24/7, 365 days a year to empower our Franchisees to take charge of their future. We’re here to support you so you can unleash your potential and achieve success.

Not only will we empower you, but we’ll give you room to grow. Nearly 56% of 7‑Eleven franchises are owned by multi-unit Franchisees. And a majority of them started with a single store. When we say we’re a business built for expansion, we mean it.

Whether you’re new to franchising or just 7‑Eleven, you probably have a lot of questions. The following are a few of the most commonly asked.

Why convenience stores?

Convenience stores are essential businesses, serving every segment of the population – so
7‑Eleven continues to thrive, no matter the overall economic climate. In fact, the U.S. convenience industry takes in approximately $650 billion in sales every year. And it’s only getting bigger.

Nowadays, convenience stores play a much larger role in customers’ lives. To meet the demand, we now offer services like banking, delivery, and digital apps. Plus, our loyalty program rewards customers with free beverages and keeps them coming back for more. As a result, our business model generates revenue 24/7, 365.

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7‑Eleven stores worldwide

What is franchising?

Franchising works when an individual or group (the Franchisee) establishes a relationship with a business (the franchisor) to help grow that business and distribute its product. The Franchisee pays a franchise fee to use the franchisor’s business model and leverage its existing brand name, while agreeing to follow the operational terms of a contract, also known as a franchise agreement. With the support of an existing business model and a recognized brand name, the Franchisee typically gets a quicker return on his or her investment.

How much does it cost to franchise a 7‑Eleven store?

Starting a franchise can be a smart investment for those who have the financial resources or have already received approval for a franchise loan. Some prospective franchise candidates aren’t always aware of the additional financing costs related to purchasing a franchise.

The initial investment includes a one-time initial franchise fee based on the store’s gross profit. The range of this fee is from $100,000 to $1,000,000. However, the actual fees depend on the store you select, a down payment on the store’s inventory, supplies, business licenses, permits, bonds, and initial cash register funds.

Financial Responsibilities for Traditional Franchises

Average costs vary depending on stores and locations, but generally look like this:

We Pay For:

  • Real property & building rent or acquisition cost
  • Certain equipment purchase or rent
  • Real property taxes
  • Select utilities (electric/gas/water/sewer)
  • Certain building maintenance
  • Certain equipment replacement costs
  • 7‑Eleven advertising
  • Initial training material on store operations
  • Bookkeeping and back-office support
  • Certain inventory audits
  • Product development and merchandising assistance
  • Ongoing business advisory assistance

You Pay For:

  • Payroll, payroll processing expenses, and payroll taxes for your employees
  • Workers’ compensation and any employee benefits you choose to offer for your employees
  • Business taxes and licenses
  • Indemnification and insurance
  • Cash and inventory shortage
  • Store supplies and miscellaneous store expenses
  • Equipment maintenance and overall general repairs
  • Outside property maintenance and landscaping
  • Telephone (store line only)
  • Janitorial and laundry services
  • Security expenses
  • Grand Opening
  • National advertising fee and local store advertising expenses
  • Interest expenses
  • Other operating expenses
  • All taxes other than real property taxes

How else will 7‑Eleven help me out?

  • 7‑Eleven and the Franchisee share in the store’s gross profit.
  • 7‑Eleven pays for the water, sewer, gas, and electric utilities.
  • 7‑Eleven pays for any building rent and real estate taxes.
  • 7‑Eleven provides a support structure and business consultant who meets with the Franchisee weekly to help maximize store performance.

How much do Franchisees make?

There are many variables affecting a financial bottom line. The good news is your earning potential can be as big as you want to make it. Aside from a stellar work ethic, a few other factors can determine your financial success:

  • The kind of franchise you choose
  • The location of your store
  • Your ability to build strong customer loyalty

The Best Way to Research a Franchise

Do your homework. Talk to the men and women currently franchising with a brand you may be interested in. The more information you can gather, the better decision you can make.

Here are a few helpful resources:

The International Franchise Association logo
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The Census Bureau logo
The Census Bureau:
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) logo
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE):
Franchising.com logo
Entrepreneur logo
Franchise Times logo
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Franchising Terms

Brand: The mark, name, logo and identity of a company or business, and a franchise system’s most valuable asset.

Broker: An outside salesperson. For a fee, a broker will sell a franchise for the franchisor.

Business Conversion Program (BCP): Franchising model where the Franchisee owns the land, building and some equipment. The
7‑Eleven charge is lower for a Business Conversion store than for a Traditional location.

College of Operations Leadership (C.O.O.L.) Training: Current Franchisee training program that is self-paced and could last up to eight weeks.

Corporate (Corp): Store listed on the Stores Available List as a corporately operated site.

Distributorships: The right granted by a manufacturer or wholesaler to a business to sell its products.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD): Provides information about the franchisor and franchise agreement, plus a complete description of initial investment costs. The FDD is typically shared after an initial application is completed.

Field Consultant: 7‑Eleven employee whose primary responsibility is to consult with franchise owners regarding their business – growing sales and profits and building an infrastructure to support it.

Franchisee: The person who is given the right from a franchisor to do business under its brand name.

Franchise agreement: The written contract between the franchisor and the Franchisee.

Franchisor: The business that grants the Franchisee the right to do business under the franchisor’s brand.

Franchise Sales Recruiter (FSR): The person who works directly with Franchisees and their store operations during the startup period.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The U.S. government agency that regulates franchising.

Goodwill store: A franchise store available to purchase from a current franchise owner.

Gross amount: The term refers to the total amount made as a result of some activity. It can refer to things such as total profit or total sales.

Initial franchise fee: This fee is the initial cost paid by the Franchisee for the right to use a business’ brand name and business model, and receive funding and other potential services provided by the franchisor. It is typically paid after a franchise agreement is signed.

Initial investment: This is the initial cost of getting into business that includes the franchise fee, inventory down payment, cash register fund and costs for supplies, licensing, permits and bonds.

Multi-unit franchise: Franchising multiple locations within a business at one time.

Net amount: The term refers to the amount left over after all deductions are made. Once the net value is attained, nothing else is subtracted.

New Store Open (NSO): Store on the Stores Available List that has been open or operating for less than 12 months.

Royalty fee: A continuing fee paid by the Franchisee for the use of a brand and business model.

Shared profit split: A franchise business model that splits gross profits between the franchisor and the Franchisee.

Single-store franchise: The traditional Franchise model involving only one location.

Store Support Center: Corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas, where all functions supporting a franchise operation are housed – e.g., accounting, payroll, merchandising.

Tried-and-True, Time-Tested Business Model: A franchise that is sold to a Franchisee fully equipped and ready for operation.

Vendor: A supplier of products or services.

Under Construction (UC): Store on the Stores Available List as currently being under construction. This is usually a 7‑Eleven site for a Traditional franchising opportunity.

Zero Franchise Fee (ZFF): Designation for selected Corporate-owned stores on the Stores Available List that require no initial Franchise Fee.

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