A 7-Eleven team member in-store .

Our history

Serving our local communities since 1977.

The 7-Eleven Australia story

The first 7-Eleven store opens in Australia. Oakleigh, Victoria, 24 August, 1977.

Where it all began

Our founders, the Withers and Barlow families, have been in the grocery and grocery wholesale business dating back to 1919. In 1976, with an eye on emerging retail trends, they signed the area license agreement to bring the 7-Eleven brand to Australia, opening the first store in Oakleigh, Victoria in 1977.

Cars parked outside a 7-Eleven store at night.

Continuous innovation

From when the first 24 hour trading store opened in 1978, our business has continually innovated to meet the needs of our customers. The corner store grocery style offering of the seventies and eighties gave way to the well-stocked fuel stores and central business district convenience hubs of the nineties and beyond. 

A 7-Eleven store assistant talks to a customer in-store.

A new chapter

After more than 47 years of private ownership, 1 April 2024 marked a significant milestone as we joined the 7-Eleven International family. 7-Eleven Australia is now a wholly owned subsidiary of 7-Eleven International. 7-Eleven Australia will continue to be headquartered in and managed from Melbourne.

7-Eleven International has a long history in convenience retailing. We are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with our international counterparts to grow our business by focusing on providing our customers with convenience and value, and continuing to make the everyday easier so Australians can live a good life.