7-Eleven operator Seven & I Holdings plans to buy more small chains and franchises in the...

|By:, SA News Editor

7-Eleven operator Seven & I Holdings plans to buy more small chains and franchises in the U.S. and could increase its store count to up to 30K, according to execs. It's a move that makes sense to market analysts who see untapped potential in big cities. If anyone takes a hit from the expansion of 7-Eleven in the U.S., it might be Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +2.5%) and The Pantry (PTRY -1.2%).