*7-Eleven is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven, Inc., operates, franchises and licenses more than 7,500 stores in North America.
*Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses approximately 34,100 stores in 14 countries.
*July 11 (7/11) is the official birthday of the 7-Eleven® convenience store chain.
*In 1927, convenience retailing began simply enough when an employee of Southland Ice Company in Dallas started selling milk, eggs and bread from the ice dock. Soon, the convenience store was born and became known as 7-Eleven to reflect the 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours of operation.
*7-Eleven was the first to … operate 24 hours a day … sell fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups ... have a self-serve soda fountain … and offer super-size fountain drinks.
*7-Eleven aired the first television advertising by any convenience store; the animated commercial featuring a singing owl and rooster ran in 1949.
*7-Eleven was the first retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, introducing it in their Northeast stores in 1964. And now is the first retailer to add functional, herbal enhancements to its coffee to go.
*7-Eleven was the first c-store retailer to give customers “freedom of choice” by offering all major soft drink brands at the fountain.
*7-Eleven was the first convenience store to sell pre-paid phone cards.
*The most Slurpee® beverages are sold in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, followed by Detroit, Michigan.
*7-Eleven customers sip more than 13 million Slurpee beverages each month. Favorite flavors are Coca-Cola, Minute Maid Cherry and Mountain Dew. Since its introduction in 1966, some 6 billion Slurpee drinks have been sold, just about enough for every person on the planet to have slurped.
*7-Eleven sells 60 million fresh-baked donuts and pastries per year – enough to feed every person in the state of Virginia a dozen donuts!
*If you lined up all the bakery items made for 7-Eleven in a year, they would extend almost 6,000 miles – from Boston to San Diego … and back again.
*How sweet it is! 7-Eleven uses 365,000 pounds of glaze each month on its donuts, fritters and other pastries.
*Most customers want a beverage with their favorite donut – 70 percent choose a cup of 7-Eleven coffee.
*Blueberry is at the top of the hill as the best-selling muffin in 7-Eleven stores across the country. And customers #1 pick for a donut is glazed.
WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHO'S BUYING THE MOST 7-11 STUFF?
*Of all U.S. retailers, 7-Eleven sells the most … USA Today newspapers, cold beer, cold single-serve bottled water, cold Gatorade, fresh-grilled hot dogs and money orders.
*Nearly one-third of the 6 million people who stop by a U.S. 7-Eleven store each day purchase immediately consumable food.
*7-Eleven is America’s favorite beverage destination. At least one out of three customers purchases a non-alcohol beverage.
*A typical 7-Eleven store in the United States has between 2,400 and 3,000 square feet, and carries about 2,500 different items.
*7-Eleven sell the most hot dogs in Washington, D.C., coffee on Long Island, nachos in Colorado; and Big Gulp® drinks in sunny Southern California.
*California has more 7-Eleven stores than any other state – about 1,200.
*Of all its proprietary products, 7-Eleven sells more fresh-brewed coffee than anything else –1 million cups each day. That’s more than 10,000 pots of coffee an hour every hour of every day of the year. In fact, 7-Eleven could serve a cup of coffee to every person in its hometown of Dallas every single day – now that’s a Texas-sized coffee break!
*7-Eleven sells approximately 56 million fresh-grilled hot dogs every year, more than any other retailer in America.
*7-Eleven stores sell almost 26 million gallons of fountain drinks a year – enough to fill 65 Olympic-size swimming pools.
*7-Eleven sells 41 million gallons of milk each year – enough for lots of milk mustaches! And enough to pour more than two glasses of milk for every man, woman and child in the United States.
*7-Eleven has the largest ATM network of any retailer in United States.
*Ho Ho Ho! The day most retailers are closed, 7-Eleven is hopping. Christmas is one of the biggest sales days of the year for the convenience chain.
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