DALLAS, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI) announced today that it has closed a deal to acquire 74 operating convenience stores and two land parcels from Prima Marketing LLC, a 7-Eleven licensee with stores in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The bulk of the stores being purchased are in West Virginia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition includes all Prima company-operated stores, and employment offers were made for approximately 700 store personnel and district managers, pending successful completion of pre-employment screenings and continued satisfactory performance. Additionally, SEI plans to extend job offers to some non-store personnel.
"This acquisition fits well with our accelerated growth strategy and gives us an opportunity to expand in the West Virginia market, building on our already strong mid-Atlantic presence," said Stan Reynolds, 7-Eleven, Inc. executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Eventually, it will also provide business opportunities to local entrepreneurs who would like to operate a 7-Eleven franchise."
"Prima has been a longstanding 7-Eleven licensee and has worked very diligently to build the 7-Eleven brand within our core markets," said Prima CEO Jeffrey Kramer. "We're very proud to be able to turn the stewardship of these locations over to the capable hands of 7-Eleven for that company's continued growth."
The purchase of these stores adds to SEI's goal of opening at least 630 new locations in 2012.
SEI will add its proprietary retail information system and technology for enhanced product-ordering capabilities and continue to offer 7-Eleven's private brands and well-known proprietary products such as 7-Eleven's proprietary coffee, Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks, plus grill products along with standard convenience-store items.
Currently, 7-Eleven, Inc. operates and franchises 21 stores in West Virginia, 172 in Pennsylvania and 10 in Ohio.
NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC served as advisor to Prima Marketing.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 9,400 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 47,600 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2011, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales close to $76.6 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Forbes magazine's 2011 list of Top Franchises for the Money; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2012, #3 in Forbes magazine's Top 20 Franchises to Start, and #2 in Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven received the 2010 Retailer of the Year honor from PL Buyer because of the company's private-label brand initiative. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.