7-Eleven, a U.S.-based convenience store chain, plans to expand in Europe and is looking for franchisees in several countries on the Old Continent. The list includes Poland. This means that a major competitor may gain Żabka Polska.
7-Eleven is looking for experienced franchisees to open outlets in Europe. The chain is mainly looking for people who are already in business in the retail, food service or hotel industries, the German weekly Lebensmittel Zeitung reported.
7-Eleven in Poland?
Convenience stores are expected to appear in Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Austria and Switzerland may also be considered, according to the German newspaper. The Benelux countries are not included in the plans. 7-Eleven stores are already present in Denmark and Sweden.
Plans for the 7-Eleven chain to enter our country mean that Carrefour Express and Żabka Polska could gain a big competitor. The chain of small and convenient stores with the distinctive green logo has 9310 outlets. In turn, nearly half a thousand outlets operate under the Carrefour Express brand.
For now, it is not known how many stores 7-Eleven plans to open in Poland.
7-Eleven. Why the name of the store?
Originally, this world-famous brand was quite different. The first store was founded by Joe C. Thompson in 1927 in Dallas. The founder placed in front of it a totem brought from Alaska, which gave the first name – “TOTEM”. The store was open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It was from these hours that the now-famous name, which was established in 1946, was taken.