7-Eleven, Inc. is the world’s largest convenience store chain operating, franchising, and licensing more than 56,000 stores in 18 countries, of which approximately 10,000 are located in North America. 7-Eleven is also one of the nation’s largest independent gasoline retailers. They are well known for the Big Gulp® fountain soft drink, Big Bite® grill items, the Slurpee® beverage, and its freshly brewed coffee. Each store also offers a selection of about 2,500 different products and services tailored to meet the needs and preferences of local guests. Stores typically vary in size from 2,400 to 3,000 square feet. The company operates, franchises, and licenses approximately 8,600 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Of the close to 7,800 stores the company operates and franchises in the United States, more than 6,400 are franchised. 7-Eleven is given an investment grade Standard and Poor’s bond rating of AA- and Moody’s long-term rating of Baa1. 7-Eleven was founded in 1927 in Dallas, Texas and is currently headquartered in the same city.