7-Eleven opens first US airport store at LAX

7-Eleven will open its first U.S. airport store at Los Angeles International Airport on June 24.

Opening in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the retailer will sell most of its usual goods, including the 32-ounce Big Gulp, but also products specially geared toward travelers and airport employees, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The retailer will occupy 950 sq. ft. outside the pre-security arrivals level, according to Nation's Restaurant News.

"Just as with every 7-Eleven, we customize and cross-check each store's product mix to offer what our customers want," Norm Hower, 7-Eleven's zone leader for the greater Los Angeles area, told Nation's Restaurant News. "Travelers and those in the travel industry have needs for products you might not find at a neighborhood 7-Eleven."

Although most 7-Eleven stores are open 24 hours a day, the one at the airport will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

7-Eleven already operates in 12 airport stores in other countries. In total, the retailer has 10,500 stores in North America and 56,000 locations worldwide.

The retailer furthered its reach last week when it acquired Tedeschi Food Shops, a convenience store chain comprising 182 locations in the greater Boston and New Hampshire area. 7-Eleven continues to grow along with the popularity of convenience stores in general, which now account for 34 percent of all retail outlets.

For more:
-See this Los Angeles Times article
-See this Nation's Restaurant News article

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