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7-Eleven wants to give a military veteran a franchise

January 23, 2016 (Photo Credit: 7-Eleven)

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a franchise, 7-Eleven might help you get started.

The Dallas-based home of the Big Gulp is launching its second annual “Operation Take Command” contest for veterans looking to open their own convenience store.

One winner will get a 7-Eleven franchise valued at up to $190,000.

Interested veterans can enter online at now through Feb. 26, 2016. The winner will be announced in June. To qualify, you must must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience.

More than 6,000 former troops entered last year’s contest, say company officials.

This year the top 25 will be invited to submit a video on why they deserve a 7-Eleven franchise. Up to seven will be selected from this pool for the semifinal competition.

Through votes on 7-Eleven’s Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7-Eleven’s franchise department management and narrowed to one winner.

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