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7-Eleven Franchisees Fight Back

Dev Patel - 7-Eleven Stole Our StoreThe Patel family owned and operated this 7-Eleven franchise in Riverside, California for 19 years. Recently, 7-Eleven seized the location claiming “excessive couponing” and forced the Patels to sign over the store despite asking for time to hire a qualified lawyer to represent them.

Franchising Wars: Besieged Franchisor Fights Back Against Disgruntled Franchisees

Via Gaebler

More than a dozen franchisees are suing 7-Eleven, alleging that the franchisor overstepped its legal bounds and unfairly terminated their franchise contracts. 7-Eleven says it had the legal grounds to terminate the franchise contracts.

The convenience store industry relies on franchising as part of its core business model. And like any other franchised business, many convenience stores live and die according to the terms of their franchise contracts.

But what happens when the franchisor is alleged to be using the franchise contract to unfairly target its franchisees?

That’s a question that at least a dozen 7-Eleven storeowners want answered–and they have filed lawsuits to obtain legal remedies for what they believe are unfair business practices by the popular franchisor.

According to the Dallas Business Journal and other sources, Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is the defendant in more than twelve lawsuits alleging that the company terminated franchise contracts without proper cause. Plaintiffs in the suits claim that 7-Eleven targeted stores in high-traffic locations, enabling the franchisor to offer the locations to new franchisees willing to pay higher fees.

Continue reading Franchising Wars: Besieged Franchisor Fights Back Against Disgruntled Franchisees [Gaebler]

A Hilarious Review of 7-Eleven’s Fluorescent-Food

7-Eleven, San Antonio, TexasThe website MySanAntonio has a hilarious review of the food-like products being offered at a new 7-Eleven that recently opened up in Texas.

The writer of On swallowing 7-Eleven’s ‘Hot & Fresh’ food takes us on a nightmarish culinary adventure into the fluorescent-food world of 7-Eleven.

On 7-Eleven’s Taquitos:

Stay away from the [taquito] that says “jalapeno cream cheese” — it’s gooey, tastes rancid, and is worth about 2-3 chews before you’re likely to spit it out. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about 7-Eleven’s Go-Go Taquitos is their softness. Taquitos are supposed to be crispy. But these you pinch and they give big-time.

On 7-Eleven’s Mandarin Pineapple Salad:

The Mandarin Pineapple Salad ($4.29) isn’t an insult to salads (I’ve had worse) but the spicy dressing is pretty much — molecularly speaking — the sweet-and-orangey coagulated duck sauce ubiquitous at Chinese restaurants in America.

On 7-Eleven’s Cheeseburger Bites:

“The worst of the bunch, by far, is the Cheeseburger Bite: hamburger meat (right?), cheese and God knows what else, cast to look like a dog, put in a bun. It’s disgusting on its own and so the thing to do is to dress it. So naturally, we Americans side-step over to the dispensers of chili and cheese. But, like the Tar-Baby, the more and more you try to improve the Cheeseburger Bite, the worse it actually gets. Imagine the poorest quality of everything I just described, in a slightly burnt and rubbery state, all interacting in your mouth, and that’s what it tasted like.”

Parting advice from the brave reporter? “With 7-Eleven, you know what you’re getting into. All I can do is say, “Godspeed,” and wish you luck.”

On swallowing 7-Eleven’s ‘Hot & Fresh’ food [MySA]

Franchisees Allege Hardball Tactics, Store Seizures by 7-Eleven

Franchisees allege hardball tactics, store seizures by 7-ElevenVia LA Times

7-Eleven relies on thousands of franchisees to sell millions of Slurpees, Big Bite hot dogs and other snacks.

But in the last two years, at least a dozen franchisees have sued the company, alleging it stripped them of their stores for bogus reasons. Some plaintiffs say 7-Eleven targeted successful stores in high-traffic areas, then flipped them to new franchisees willing to pay the company higher fees.

Dilip Patel and his wife, Saroj, said the company used “storm trooper interrogation and isolation tactics” in such sessions. The couple, who sued in March, ultimately gave up their Riverside store, which they had run since 1995, with no compensation from 7-Eleven.

Continue reading Franchisees allege hardball tactics, store seizures by 7-Eleven at LA Times.


Franchisees Allege 7-Eleven ‘Flipped’ Their Stores [CSPnet]
Franchisees sue 7-Eleven over loss of their stores [Dallas Business Journal]
Franchisees allege hardball tactics, store seizures by 7-Eleven [Columbia Daily Herald]

7-Eleven Destroys Detroit Mural

7-Eleven Destroys MuralHasn’t Detroit been through enough? Last week 7-Eleven obliterated a famous mural by artist David Rubello, then erected a large advertisement featuring a mustachioed cat drinking a Slurpee. The geometric artwork had been in place for over 40 years.

7-Eleven recently announced their foray into exhausted trends with their hipster mustache straws and mason jar moonshine cups. 7-Eleven’s old-idea generator, Laura Gordon, hopes fans of 7-Eleven Slurpees will create lots of content for the brand’s lackluster social media accounts this summer. And just to show Gordon is hip to viral Internet moments circa 2006, she’s injected a cat into the mix. What a mess.

A Sign of the Times: This Slurpee Cat vs That 1973 Mural [Deadline Detroit]

7-Eleven Withdraws After Opposition

7-Eleven Freeport Long IslandIt’s a bad week to be 7-Eleven. Yesterday we learned that residents of Merrick berated developers over a controversial new 7-Eleven that’s planned. Today, residents of Freeport have successfully fought off a fifth 7-Eleven fearing it would hurt local business.

Developers with plans to build a fifth 7-Eleven in Freeport have withdrawn their application after the village board of zoning appeals refused to grant them an extension to respond to community opposition. Residents say the area does not need another convenience store.

“We just don’t need another of those stores in the village, certainly not in that area,” said Douglas Mayers the leader of the NAACP in the village and of the Long Island Caribbean-American Association. “It would also hurt many local businesses.”

Plans for Freeport’s fifth 7-Eleven withdrawn after opposition [Newsday]

Merrick Residents Berate Developers Over Planned 7-Eleven Near School

7-Eleven, Merrick, Long-IslandResidents of Merrick, Long Island berated developers Tuesday night over a controversial new 7-Eleven planned for the area. More than 100 residents showed up at the heated South Merrick Community Civic Association’s meeting to voice their opposition of the 7-Eleven, fearing the chain would be a target for robberies, further congest the area and pose a safety threat to the nearby Norman J. Levy Lakeside School.

Though the building permit application has not yet been approved and the Nassau County Department of Public Works is still reviewing the site plan, the mere idea of a 7-Eleven is not sitting well with locals.

via Newsday:

Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said an increase of traffic in the area could mean an increase in traffic accidents. There were 11 accidents in the past year at the intersection of the proposed store, he said.

But Ken Barns, 7-Eleven’s regional development senior director, said while there would be more activity at the site, “we don’t bring more traffic to the road. We just capture from what’s there.”

Skrynecki also said 24-hour convenience stores are often robbery targets, noting there have been 13 armed robberies in the area since April, including five at 7-Eleven stores. Barns said that number of robberies was “an anomaly” and the company was working with police.

Clearly Ken Barnes has never done a Google news search for 7-Eleven.

Merrick Residents Berate Developers Over Planned 7-Eleven near school [Newsday]