7-Eleven Inc. has named convenience-store industry veteran Tony Harris as senior vice president of corporate store operations for the United States and Canada.
“I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to work with an amazing team and three great banners—7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes—across 6,000-plus stores and 60,000-plus team members,” Harris said in a LinkedIn post.
Harris was president of Thorntons Inc. from June 2014 to October 2016, responsible for leading all aspects of the chain’s retail operations including 181 locations in six states. He was also chief operating officer, vice president of operations and facilities services and vice president and director of information technology for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company over a nearly 17-year tenure.
As part of a corporate restructuring of senior leadership, Harris left Thorntons in 2016.
Since leaving Thorntons in 2016, Harris has also served as senior vice president at Cumberland Farms, Westborough, Massachusetts; chief marketing and merchandising officer at MAPCO Express, Franklin, Tennessee; and most recently executive vice president and chief operating for the grocer and c-store operator Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle Inc.’s GetGo convenience chain.
Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 13,000 stores in the United States and Canada. In addition to 7-Eleven stores, the company operates and franchises Speedway and Stripes stores and the Laredo Taco Company and Raise the Roost Chicken and Biscuits brands. 7-Eleven Inc. is No. 1 on CSP’s 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. convenience-store chains by store count.
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