Amid Haddad, a 7-Eleven franchise owner since 2001, says he is being “squeezed out” by 7-Eleven and is asking for his customers help to battle the corporate giant. Haddad says that 7-Eleven Inc. made recent business decisions to eliminate smaller franchisee owners. As a result, he is facing an uphill battle to keep his store.
They have disabled my lottery machine, my money-order business, and are preventing me from being able to order through the corporation,” said Haddad in a recent interview.
Haddad, an Egg Harbor Township resident, has a family and is trying to put one child through college.
To represent his business interests, Haddad has hired a lawyer: Jerry Marks of Marks & Klein, LLP in Red Bank, N.J.
They (7-Eleven) are in violation of the New Jersey Franchise Practices Act,” said Marks. “They have given him no written notices regarding any termination of services, and are preventing him from making a living.”
Marks said he is developing a lawsuit against 7-Eleven, and may join class-action suits being formed.
This isn’t the first time 7-Eleven has used intimidation tactics on their franchisees. Andy Kahn, a 7-Eleven franchisee of 34 years, is suing the company for stalking, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and for running him down outside a CVS Pharmacy.
Franchisees Dilip and Saroj Patel are also suing 7-Eleven alleging the company the convenience store giant is using “storm trooper” tactics to illegally seize valuable franchise rights from its franchisees in order to resell them for millions of dollars.
Brigantine 7-Eleven owner feels company is trying to force him out of business [Brigantine Beachcomber]