7-Eleven Franchise Demand Up in Florida

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7-Eleven Franchise Demand Up in Florida

NAPLES, Fla. -- Despite the challenging economy, new 7-Eleven franchisees in the state told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze their investment makes for a rewarding business venture.

Florida is one of the final states where Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is converting company-operated stores to franchises. 7-Eleven began franchising its stores in late 2007 in the Miami area, and moved to other regions in Florida the following May. New owners have moved to the state to take advantage of the opportunities, and local residents also have become new franchisees, according to the report.

7-Eleven converts about eight to 10 company-operated stores to franchises each month in Florida, and the convenience chain recently celebrated its 100th franchise conversion store in the state.

There are approximately 460 7-Eleven stores still available for franchising in the following areas: Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, Daytona/Melbourne, Ft. Myers/Naples and South Florida, the report stated.

One new franchisee in the Fort Myers/Naples area was looking for independence.

"I wanted to do something on my own," Dashmesh Sethi, 28, told the paper. "And 7-Eleven had such a great support system for the franchisee."

He franchised his first store in Fort Myers in November 2008, and hopes to get his second store soon.

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