- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - With his stint in active duty over, a 33-year-old Army veteran has opened a 7-Eleven franchise he won as part of a corporate competition.

U.S. Army Capt. Robert Kemna, who had 15 years of service, was chosen from an initial pool of 1,700 veterans from across the country, The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/22aBZpX).

A sign hanging about the merchandise reads: “Proudly owned & operated by a U.S. Army veteran.” The store is located a couple of miles south of the Miami zoo.

“It’s a pretty good corner,” said Kemna soon after opening the doors at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

In winning the new shop, 7-Eleven waived the up-to $190,000 franchise fee. The convenience store giant bought the land, built the store and put in the equipment, which it owns.

In his pitch to the company, Kemna, said he wanted to settle down and start a family with his wife, Liliana. They married in January.

Liliana Kemna also happened to be his first customer, when she purchased a Slurpee for $1.71.

Its flavor?

“I believe it was wild cherry,” Robert Kemna said. “It was definitely red.”

7-Eleven spokeswoman Patricia Maldonado said the company’s CEO had initially planned to choose one winner but couldn’t select just one of the finalists. The other two winners are in Virginia and Texas.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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