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7-Eleven franchisees plan to increase their participation with community leaders in the markets they serve.
"We are proud that 7-Eleven franchisees are active in towns and cities across America and our goal is to increase that involvement to an even higher level," said Tariq Khan, national chairman of the National Coalition of Association of 7-Eleven Franchisees.
7-Eleven store owners have been long-time supporters of such causes as the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, and activities to prevent sale of alcohol and tobacco products to minors through the group's Retailers Against Minors Purchasing (RAMP) program.
The National Coalition Of Associations Of 7-Eleven Franchisees represents more than 2,000 independently owned and franchised 7-Eleven stores nationwide. There are 3,118 independently owned franchised 7-Eleven stores in the U.S.
Paula Yocum, executive vice chairperson of the coalition, said programs aimed at helping children learn the dangers of alcohol and tobacco should be a priority with all retailers.
"It is important to reach children at a young age, so that years later when peer pressure or marketing influences reach them, they will avoid the use of tobacco," Yocum said.