7-Eleven is investing in Far North Queensland for the first time, with about 15 stores expected to open in the region over the next two years.
General manager – channel, Braeden Lord, said exact locations have not yet been chosen.
“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.”
The convenience store chain is committed to opening stores in Townsville and Cairns before June 2022 and Lord is expecting swift expansion across the region by 2023.
He said the company’s $15m+ investment will help drive economic growth in Far North Queensland.
“Recent investments in our supply chain have made it possible for us to bring our offer to Townsville and Cairns and we are incredibly excited about the chance to serve the local communities in Far North Queensland.
“7-Eleven is committed to providing regional Australians with access to the same level of choice and convenience that is available to people who live in metropolitan areas,” he said.
The significant investment in the region brings fresh employment opportunities, with more than 200 full time jobs expected during the building phase and a further 150 local jobs created for ongoing store operations.
“There will be a number of leadership positions available, and we hope to have Townsville and Cairns locals join us as leaders,” said Lord.
Each convenience store will need up to 15 team members in a mix of full-time, part time and casual roles.
“We provide extensive training to ensure people are set up for success on opening day so previous experience in convenience, petrol and retail isn’t a requirement.”
7-Eleven generally operates new stores as corporate retail outlets for at least a year before opening them up to franchising.