7-Eleven's New Test Store Opens in Oak Cliff With Beer on Tap, Wine and Laredo Taco Company Taqueria

A new 7-Eleven store is opening Monday on Sylvan Avenue and Interstate 30 with beer on tap, along with a coffee bar and a Laredo Taco Company taqueria.A company spokeswoman confirmed the store is opening and that there are half a dozen other test stores, but provided no details. Convenience stores are under pressure to come up with new ideas. While Amazon Go, a store with no checkouts, is grabbing attention and there are reports that Amazon is planning to roll out 3,000 of them across the U.S., there's another threat. Dollar stores are adding fountain drinks, coffee and other grab-and-go size items. The number of convenience stores in the U.S. is shrinking along with other categories of retailers, but dollar stores are growing, said Steve Holtz, editor of convenience store industry trade publication CSP Magazine, during a recent presentation at a 7-Eleven franchisee meeting in Dallas.The number of convenience stores dropped 1.1 percent to 153,237 at the end of last year, he said. That represented a decline of 1,721 stores. There was a bigger decline of 2,198 convenience stores operated by single-store owners. Irving-based 7-Eleven, the largest convenience store chain, is mostly made up of stores operated by independent franchisees. Dollar store locations increased 4 percent to 31,620 at year-end.The Oak Cliff Advocate reported some of the new features and offerings of the new Dallas test store and quoted a manager who said that another one is planned for Prosper later this year. The stores will be used to develop brands and try new ideas. Others are opening in San Diego and Washington, D.C., according to The Advocate. The coffee menu is also extensive with made to order drinks.This may be the first time 7-Eleven has used the Laredo Taco menu in a 7-Eleven store.7-Eleven acquired the Laredo Taco Company brand, popular in South Texas, when it completed the purchase in early 2018 of 1,030 convenience stores for $3.3 billion from Dallas-based Sunoco stores. Included in that purchase was the Stripes convenience store brand. Twitter: @MariaHalkias  Continue reading...

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