WILMINGTON – A national 7-Eleven retail chain has its eye on Market Street. Plans to construct the business have landed in front of the City of Wilmington’s technical review committee. There is no date yet on when the committee will hear its project designs.
Plans were submitted Monday for a 7-Eleven to be built at the intersection of Birchwood Drive on 2.72 acres at 4615, 4621 and 4623 Market Street, near Advance Auto Parts. The plan includes a 4,790-square-foot building, with 16 indoor and 24 outdoor restaurant seats, as well as a car wash on site.
It’s the second franchise to announce its arrival in southeastern North Carolina in the last year. A 7-Eleven is also being built in Leland on Highway 17 near the Walmart shopping center.
The Wilmington location is positioned a mile from Walmart on Market Street near the College Road overpass. It has over 4,300 vehicles passing it daily.
The convenience store chain opened in the Tar Heel State in the ’60s but began closing stores in 1988, as it exited multiple markets due to a leveraged buyout. In 2012, it began reintroducing stores to the state.
There are over a dozen located primarily in the Piedmont region. According to the News & Observer, three were also slated to open in the Triangle in the last six months.
The Dallas-based company prides itself on being the world’s largest convenience store chain, open 24 hours, seven days a week. As of last fall, it had 78,029 stores in 19 countries and has ranked as a Top 10 Franchisor. The franchise and market has become known for its iconic Big Gulp and 44-ounce Slurpee; it also serves coffee, fresh-made daily sandwiches, salads, bakery items, hot and prepared foods, and other sundries.
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