The world’s largest chain of convenience stores appears to be getting ready to say good-by to Roller Grill. As regular readers of this blog have often lets us know it is time that 7-Eleven evolve past the roller grill and become more like Sheetz and Wawa. We have been saying By-By Roller Grill for a long time as well.
Recently The Oklahoman reported that an independent Oklahoma family-owned 7-Eleven Stores “unveiled the first of its new formats, which feature a kitchen for expanded foodservice offers, more coffee selections, softer lighting, patio seating and diesel fuel.”
"We don't have everything made-to order yet, but that's the direction the market is going," Jim Brown, president of 7-Eleven Stores, told the news source.
The article continued “Three additional new-format stores are currently under construction in the Oklahoma City area, with plans for as many as 15 in the near future. The Oklahoman adds that some of the new stores will replace existing locations and others will be an expansion for the 7-Eleven Stores brand, which has about 110 stores in central Oklahoma. “…
Brown said that the new format is the product of a few years of planning and extensive market research. "It has been a process of finding out about what our customers like about us and building on that," he said. "The opening of the first store is only the beginning, not the end.”
Here in 2015 it is hard to believe but true these 7-Eleven Stores are one of the Oklahoma’s largest independent convenience and fuel retailers and employs more than 1,200 people. 7-Eleven Stores is a completely separate company from Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. While both companies share the name and trademark of 7-Eleven, only 7-Eleven Stores in Oklahoma continues to be family-owned.
So, when we ask is 7-Eleven Trading the Roller Grill for Grocerant Niche Fresh Food the answer is not yet but we hope that 7-Eleven is watching this test with the utmost care.
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