7-Eleven to open in Townsville, Cairns as part of $15M NQ expansion

Hundreds of jobs will be up for grabs when the popular convenience store enters the North Queensland market for the first time next year.

THERE is set to be more competition in the convenience store market as one of the country’s biggest players announce they’re opening sites in Townsville.

7-Eleven have announced they will open 15 convenience stores across North Queensland, entering the highly competitive market, in a multimillion dollar regional expansion.

The retailer announced it would pour more than $15 million to enter the North Queensland market for the first time.

Stores will open in both Townsville and Cairns next year before targeting other regional locations which have potential for the brand to grow, a company spokeswoman said.

The 7-Eleven expansion would bring exclusive products into the region including Slurpee and Krispy Kreme.

7-Eleven Australia general manager Braeden Lord said about 15 stores were expected to open over the next two years. creating more than 200 construction job with about 150 ongoing roles once the stores are operational.

“Recent investments in our supply chain have made it possible for us to bring our offer to Townsville and Cairns,” he said.

“We are continuing to work with landlords and developers to identify opportunities to secure the right sites to meet the needs of the community.

“We’re starting in Townsville and Cairns and will be continuing to explore the region which we feel has a huge potential for growth.”

More than 450 small family-owned businesses comprise the 7-Eleven franchise network employing more 8,000 people across the country. As the company works to bring its plan to life, Mr Lord said the business was already looking for local talent before it launched its recruitment process.

“There will be a number of leadership positions available, and we hope to have Townsville and Cairns locals join us as leaders,” he said.

“While the recruitment process isn’t open yet, we’d encourage interested locals to contact us.”

Extracted from Townsville Bulletin

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