First 7-Eleven Store Opens In Middle East

by Katie Lee

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7-Eleven, Inc., opened its first 7-Eleven store in the Middle East on October 6, 2015. The 2,000-square-foot store is in Bay Square, near downtown Dubai and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa Tower.

“We worked closely with Seven Emirates and our parent company Seven-Eleven Japan to ensure we are providing the neighborhood with the products they expect from 7-Eleven as well as fresh foods typically consumed there,” says Chris Tanco, 7-Eleven executive vice president and head of International.

The store is operated now by Seven Emirates and expected to be franchised in the future after the infrastructure that supports 7-Eleven stores is fully built. This includes partnerships with third parties that would make and deliver fresh foods daily and 7-Eleven’s proprietary retail information system.

Seven Emirates plans to open a second 7-Eleven store in December in the high-profile Dubai Marina neighborhood.

Dallas-based 7‑Eleven, Inc. operates, franchises or licenses approximately 10,700 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are nearly 57,400 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries. For more information, visit www.7‑

SOURCE: 7-Eleven, Inc.

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