Quick History of 7-Eleven
Starting in 1927 when icehouse companies merged to form Southland Ice Company in Dallas, Texas. Soon after Joe Thompson began selling food and basic necessities from the storefront. The stores gained attention by installing a Native American totem pole in front their store and adopted the name Tote’m Stores.
The name 7-Eleven was adopted in 1946, reflecting the hours of operation, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. Today the chain is one of the largest franchised companies, as 7-Eleven operates over 60,000 stores largely in North America and Asia.
On July 7th patrons of the 7-Eleven convenience chain flock to their local store to enjoy the frozen drink. A Slurpee is frozen carbonated drink only sold a 7-Eleven.
Omar Knedik in the 1950’s created the slushy ice drink when his soda machine broke down and he was forced to place the drinks inside a freezer. The result was a partially frozen soda drink. Mr. Knedik invented a machine to create a similar drink with Ruth E. Taylor supplying the logo and graphics
The machine was licensed to 7-Eleven in 1966, the name was changed to Slurpee, and the rest they say is history.
The Coca-Cola flavor was always my favorite. What is yours?
Why do we celebrate the Slurpe on July 7th?
This day is marked as 7-Eleven’s birthday, July 7th is 7 Eleven! From 11 am to 7pm head to the chain to receive a free small ice cold Slurpee.
11 Fun Facts about 7-Eleven
To celebrate the release of the Simpsons movie in 2007 select stores were renamed Kwik-E-Marts.
2. Not only are 7-Elevens different around the world, ones found in Tokyo Japan serve an excellent
selection of food.
3. About 25 percent of America live within a mile of a 7-Eleven store.
4. 14 million Slurpees are sold each month…wow.
5. 7-Eleven was one of the first to operate 24 hours, which was a radical idea at the time.
6. Since 2002, 7-Eleven has given away free small Slurpees on July 7th!
7. Canadians love the Slurpee, eh.
8. In Taiwan, with over 4,000 locations, the 7-Eleven chain is more common than Starbucks.
9. Customers sip more than 1.1 million cups of coffee per day.
10. If a Slurpee isn’t your ideal drink, try the Big Gulp. 7-Eleven has served the 32 oz. drink since 1976.
11. The Slurpee has been part of many movie promotions over the years including JJ Abrams Super 8. The
grand prize was a suborbital trip to space…far out!