7-Eleven Inc. offered 26 District residents jobs at its two new stores in Northeast during a special job fair Monday at the Department of Employment Services headquarters on Minnesota Avenue, according to city officials.
The chain, which boasts being the largest in the convenience store industry, is the latest company to participate in One City One Hire, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s new initiative to get District residents employed.
The ambitious program, launched in September, has a goal of matching 10,000 unemployed residents with private jobs in the next year. It’s modeled after a similar program in Atlanta.
More than 100 job applicants attended the event, held to fill spots at stores that will open on Benning Road NE and Bladensburg Road NE, according to a news release issued by Gray’s office.
Gray’s office gave a breakdown of the residents offered jobs: 10 from Ward 7; three from Ward 8; four from Ward 6 and four from Ward 5.
According to the news release, 7-Eleven is looking to open up to a dozen stores in the District through franchising.
“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,” Gray said in the news release. “This is an example of a company that has embraced our One City ● One Hire initiative.”