A new gas station and convenience store opened its doors in Anna on Friday to a crowd of people.

Several dozen individuals filtered through the new 7-Eleven off FM 455 to grab a free Slurpee and speak with the store's owner Yogesh Jarodiya.

Jarodiya is no stranger to opening 7-Eleven stores. He owns five stores, two in Plano, one in Allen, one in Rockwall and now one in Anna.

The reason he decided to open a store in Anna is simple, he said. There was a need in Anna for the store and he wants to be a part of the city's growth.

“There was a gap missing in the city of Anna,” he said. “There was no 7-Eleven close by, at least 10-15 miles.”

Jarodiya and his family immigrated to the United States 19 years ago from India. Since then he's been able to carve out his own American dream.

“I started my first job as a 7-Eleven associate and become a store manager for nine years, and then after that I become franchiser for 7-Elevens,” he said.

Eight people have been hired to work in the new store, and there could be more employee openings in the future Jarodiya said.

For the grand opening his whole family came to the store to help with the ribbon cutting and to present a $711 check to the Anna Athletic Booster Club.

“7-11 gave us a $711 check for our booster club activities this year which include scholarships and a banquet at the end of the year,” Rhonda Lewis, the secretary for the booster club, said.

She said it's excited for a local business to get involved with the community and invest in its students.

The store will be open 24 hours a day, and will be open on Thanksgiving.