It Happened in Hampton Roads

7-Eleven buys 13-location Zooms convenience store chain on Peninsula in Va.

HAMPTON, Va. -- Zooms Inc., a convenience store operator with 13 locations on the Peninsula in Virginia, has sold the chain to 7-Eleven Inc., according to a report by The Virginian-Pilot. 7-Eleven bought all of the Zooms locations as of Friday, David Erbe, 7-Eleven's market manager on the Peninsula, told the newspaper.

Zooms executives at the company's headquarters in Hampton, Va., confirmed the sale of the c-stores for the newspaper, but did not provide further details. All Zooms stores have closed, the report added. Most of them will remain shut for two to three [image-nocss] weeks for remodeling before they reopen as 7-Elevens stores.

Locations in Poquoson and Gloucester, Va., are scheduled to reopen this week, then close again in a month or two for remodeling, Erbe told the paper.

Although most sites operate as local franchises, the Dallas-based retailer will run them as corporate stores for now, said the report.

Click herefor a Flickr slideshow of a Zooms c-store.

Andclick here for previous CSP Daily News coverage of Zooms.

Dallas-based 7 Eleven operates, franchises or licenses approximately 7,850 7-Eleven stores in North America. Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 36,600 stores in 15 countries. During 2008, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $53.7 billion.