The international convenience store 7-Eleven will officially take over all Kidd Jones locations in East Texas.
Chad Kidd, vice president of Kidd Jones, said Tuesday on Facebook that after 56 years of business, ownership will now be moved to 7-Eleven, operated by Monfort Cos.
“I will be the first to tell you that we could not have picked a better company to carry the torch,” Kidd said. “The Monfort team members are down-to-earth, kind-hearted, and family-oriented people. So, though it saddens us to walk away, we are proud to know that we are leaving it in good hands.”
In the announcement, Kidd said store employees will be retained through the change in ownership. There are several Kidd Jones stores in Tyler, Lindale, Whitehouse and Chandler.
Kidd said his grandfather started Kidd Jones in 1964 and he believes his grandfather would be understanding of the change.
“We want to thank everyone for the loyalty throughout the years,” Kidd said. “We could not have accomplished what we have done without loyalty from East Texans and without the sheer commitment of our amazing staff. We hope you continue to show your loyalty to the stores, and we know they will earn it.”
According to city of Tyler building permits, 7-Eleven has applied for permits to occupy at least four Kidd Jones locations. The permit system shows that Kidd Jones locations at 5015 S. Broadway Ave., 1315 S. Beckham Ave., 3401 S. Broadway Ave. and 16669 Farm-to-Market Road 2493 will be rebranded with new signage.
The rebrand of the Kidd Jones will change the main identification and canopy to 7-Eleven buildings and gas dispensers to Exxon/Mobil Fuel, according to permit documents.
Permits at the Beckham and both Broadway locations have been issued for signs, temporary certificate of occupancy and certificate of occupancy. A sign permit was issued for the FM 2493 location.
News of the first 7-Eleven in Tyler came in December when a building permit showed the store would fill the space left by T.G.I. Fridays at 4300 S. Broadway Ave. The restaurant closed in June 2019 after 20 years of business.
7-Eleven is headquartered in Dallas with many locations across America, including 1,226 stores in Texas, according to the 7-Eleven website.