7-Eleven Inc. has opened its first store inside a U.S. airport terminal this month with the debut of a new location at Los Angeles International Airport, the company said Tuesday.
The Dallas-based convenience-store operator said the 950-square-foot unit is on the pre-security arrivals level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and is operated by LS Travel Retail. A grand opening is scheduled for June 24.
The company already has 59 7-Eleven stores in airports in 12 other nations.
7-Eleven noted that unlike its typical 24-hour stores, the operating hours for the LAX location are 6 a.m. to midnight. 7-Eleven said it offers food and products geared toward both travelers and airport employees.
"We believe visitors and airport employees will be pleasantly surprised at how many of their travel and everyday needs 7-Eleven can fill in just under 1,000 square feet," Norm Hower, 7-Eleven's zone leader for the greater Los Angeles area, said in a statement.
The airport 7-Eleven offers hot pizza whole and by the slice, chicken wings and tenders, taquitos, nachos, mini tacos, empanadas and breakfast sandwiches, as well as hot dogs, sub sandwiches and beverages, the company said. Snacks include hummus, guacamole and yogurt parfaits, and baked items include Cinnabon Gooey Bites.
"Just as with every 7-Eleven, we customize and cross-check each store's product mix to offer what our customers want,” Hower said. “Travelers and those in the travel industry have needs for products you might not find at a neighborhood 7-Eleven.”
Those items include a selection of 18 travel-sized items and over-the-counter medicines for motion sickness, stomach ailments and allergies.
"We are proud to count 7-Eleven as one of our brand partners and to be opening their first ever location in a U.S. airport," said Vadim Motlik, chief development officer at LS travel retail North America. "As the ultimate leader in the convenience market, 7-Eleven will perfectly meet the needs of our LAX customers.”
Keith Kaplan, vice president of development with airport developer Westfield, said, "We are confident this 7-Eleven concept will enhance the experience of arriving travelers, the throngs of people who wait to meet and greet them, and thousands of LAX employees."
7-Eleven has nearly 10,500 stores in North America, and 56,000 locations worldwide.