Jacinta Carroll, 26 February 2016

THE city’s second 7-Eleven opened its doors yesterday – and the Stewart Street site was soon doing plenty of business.

The Kelso 7-Eleven site opened midway through last year, with developers also submitting a proposal to develop the Stewart Street site, where the former St Paul’s Anglican Church once stood.

Operations general manager Braeden Lord said Bathurst was chosen as an ideal site as 7-Eleven is continuing to look for growth opportunities in regional NSW.

“We have new sites planned in the Orange and Cessnock areas in 2016, and are continuing to look for additional sites in those locations, and in the Newcastle and Bathurst areas,” he said.

“There are potential franchise opportunities available for people local to the area who are interested in operating their own business.”

Like its Kelso counterpart, the Stewart Street store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

Customers will have access to 7-Eleven’s handmade sandwiches and Krispy Kreme delivered fresh every day, the $1 coffee offer, the famous Slurpee, and the full fresh food and convenience range.

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd is a private company owned by the Withers and Barlow family. The company has a licence to operate and franchise 7-Eleven stores in Australia from the US-based 7-Eleven Inc.

The first Australian store was opened in August 1977, and today 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd operates more than 620 stores in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Western Australia.

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd says it conducts more than 190 million transactions a year, serving an average six customers per second and generating sales of around $3.6 billion.

The company operates more than 58,000 stores in 17 countries, and is opening about six stores per day somewhere in the world.

Extracted in full from the Western Advocate.