You are here
WASHINGTON, D.C. — 7-Eleven Inc. reached an agreement with Zipcar to bring the car sharing network to convenience stores in the metropolitan area here.
The pact calls for Boston-based Zipcar to place a total of 18 cars at 7-Eleven locations. The vehicles are now available for reservation by the hour or by the day at affordable rates that include gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day.
"7-Eleven works with established and start-up companies to provide new ways to bring convenient solutions to time-pressed consumers' everyday needs right in their neighborhoods," said Raja Doddala, 7-Eleven's vice president of innovation. "Our partnership with Zipcar will help customers who want easy access to vehicles when, where and for how long they prefer."
The 18 new Zipcars include a variety of makes and models, such as a Volkswagen Golf named "Glisten," a Nissan Sentra named "Aj" and a Ford Escape named "Calgary." The vehicles are located in various neighborhoods including Anacostia, Shady Grove, Cheverly and the H Street/Atlas District.
The new vehicles located in Deanwood and Huntington will be the first Zipcars offered in these neighborhoods, providing more District of Columbia residents with access to Zipcar’s “wheels when you want them” service, according to Zipcar.
"Both 7-Eleven and Zipcar are synonymous with convenience, so placing vehicles at 7-Eleven stores is a natural fit for us," said Zipcar D.C. General Manager Scott Hall. "Our members regularly take Zip trips and need to stock up on snacks and supplies before heading out on their next adventure."
Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reservation via the company's mobile app, website or over the phone.
Dallas-based 7-Eleven has been growing its stable of services available to its customers. For example, it launched an on-demand delivery service in select markets earlier this summer and began offering Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans at more than 6,700 of its convenience stores in May, as CSNews Online previously reported.
The retailer operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 convenience stores in North America.