Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of approximately 1,030 Sunoco (NYSE: SUN) convenience stores across 17 states.
The sales price was $3.3 billion, according to local media reports. The acquisition brings 7-Eleven’s portfolio to approximately 9,700 convenience store locations in the United States and Canada. Japan-based Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd., the parent company of Irving-based 7‑Eleven, operates more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries across the globe.
Sunoco’s sub-brands — APlus, Laredo Taco, Ladson Grill and Stripes — will see no immediate changes during the ownership transition. Despite overall uncertainty on the performance of retail properties today, there seems to be a strong case for the success of single-tenant assets occupied by convenience stores. In a convenience store report issued by Quantum Real Estate Advisors Inc. at the close of 2017, the top 10 convenience stores accounted for nearly 64.3 percent of the top 100 ranked stores in the country. 7-Eleven and Alimentation Couche-Tard, the parent company of Circle-K and Kangaroo Express, dominated the rankings in the top two spots.
Sunoco’s stock price closed at $31.97 per share on Thursday, Jan. 25, up from $28.37 per share one year ago.
— Kristin Hiller