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C-store chain 7-Eleven announced yesterday that after adding 6q00 stores to its US and Canada fleet in 2011, it plans to open another 630 stores this year.

According to the announcement, "7-Eleven is re-entering two markets - Jacksonville, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. - where it previously had operated stores until the 1980s. The company also has announced plans to double its 20-store presence in Manhattan in the next year and grow to about 135 units by 2017."

7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto said that "7-Eleven's U.S. growth strategy includes building greater market presence and adding quality locations in metropolitan areas where the company already has stores as a means to increase efficiencies and leverage the company's scale and daily-delivery infrastructure."

The company has almost doubled in size worldwide since 2003, from 25,000 stores to more than 46,000. It says that " today, a new 7-Eleven store opens somewhere in the world approximately every two hours."
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