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7-Eleven to Add Up to 20,000 Jobs in Face of Coronavirus

Retailer, franchisees hiring more employees to keep stores clean and in-stock
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IRVING, Texas — 7‑Eleven Inc. said it expects in the coming months to hire as many as 20,000 new store employees, either directly or by independent 7-Eleven franchisees, to meet the increased demand for 7-Eleven products and services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“7-Eleven is a neighborhood store, and it’s our priority to serve the communities in which we operate during this unprecedented crisis,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “This will provide job opportunities and ensure 7-Eleven stores remain clean and in-stock with the goods our customers need during this critical time.”

7-Eleven also anticipates the new store employee positions will help meet a surge in mobile orders through its 7Now delivery app, which offers delivery of essentials and nonessentials to more than 30 million U.S. households. Store employees will fulfill 7Now delivery orders that include grocery staples such as milk and bread; over-the-counter medicine; a range of food and beverage options such as pizza and Slurpee drinks; beer and wine in participating markets; and more. The service typically delivers orders in about 30 minutes; however, in the current environment, demand may affect delivery times, the company said.

  • 7-Eleven is No. 1 on the Top 40 update to CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by number of retail outlets. CSP will release the complete 2020 list in June.

“Locally owned and operated 7-Eleven stores are really going above and beyond to serve their communities,” DePinto said. “I’d like to thank 7-Eleven franchisees and corporate store employees for everything they are doing to provide necessary products and services to customers in need.”

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 70,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America.

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