7-Eleven Inc. is growing in the Cleveland area with the announcement that the company will rebrand convenience stores in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties as part of a 19-store lease from Lehigh Gas Partners LP, based in Allentown, Pa.
The effective date of the leases will vary, but all leases are expected to be in place by March 31.
Lehigh Gas Partners will retain ownership of the 19 sites and will continue to provide wholesale distribution of motor fuels to each site. The fuel will continue to be sold under the “BP” brand. 7-Eleven will rebrand the stores as “7-Eleven” stores and will manage the convenience store operations.
The retail fuel business at the 15 stores in Cuyahoga County and four in Lorain County will continue to be owned and operated by Lehigh Gas—Ohio LLC, an entity managed by Joe Topper, chairman and CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners.
“As the world leader in convenience retailing, 7-Eleven is a strong credit-rated tenant with a substantial balance sheet and a well-known global brand,” Topper said. “Lehigh Gas Partners looks forward to working with 7-Eleven and is confident customers will benefit from the rebranding of these locations.”