(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today visited a job pre-screening event for 7-Eleven, Inc., the largest chain in the convenience retailing industry, at the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) headquarters. The company offered 26 qualified District residents positions at two new stores that will be located on Benning Road NE and Bladensburg Road NE. The effort is part of the Mayor’s One City ● One Hire initiative.
“This is what One City ●One Hire is all about,” said Mayor Gray. “7-Eleven has stepped up and not only committed to hiring D.C. residents for its two new locations, but worked with DOES to pre-screen applicants so that they could hire people today. It is our goal to work with other employers in D.C. and across the metropolitan area to help them screen job seekers to ensure they interview individuals that satisfy their job requirements.”
Over 100 job seekers came to the event to apply for approximately 40 positions. If offered a job, an individual’s employment with 7-Eleven is contingent upon passing a drug test and background investigation. The retailer said it is committed to hiring District residents for all of the positions.
Of those hired today, 10 were from Ward 7, three from Ward 8, four from Ward 6 and four from Ward 5. Both of the locations will open as corporate stores, but 7-Eleven will make franchising opportunities available in the future, with as many as 10-12 new stores opening in the District.
“7-Eleven will be working with my team to identify D.C. residents to be included in the pool of applicants to be awarded a franchise,” said Mayor Gray. “This is an example of a company that has embraced our One City ● One Hire initiative.”