Founded in 1926, this convenience store originated in Texas.
“Uncle Johnny” Jefferson Green decided to set up a convenience store that you can would find all the small items needed at home. Uncle Johnny originally sold just block ice, but his customers soon began asking him to carry items like bread, milk and eggs that they couldn’t purchase elsewhere late in the evenings or on Sundays when local supermarkets were closed. The convenience store was initially known as the Southland Ice Company and when the ban on alcohol was lifted in 1933, the convenience store also began selling beer and alcoholic beverages.
Within a decade, locations selling the new product line triple in numbers. The convenience store was renamed Tote’m Stores. Nearly a decade later, in 1946, at the request of customers, opening hours were extended and shops were open from 7am to 11pm seven days a week. The same year, the name of the convenience store was changed to 7-Eleven.
In the 1950s, 7-Eleven provided everything consumers needed, including gasoline. The stores were expanded from Texas to other states such as Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. As the car fleet grew in the 1960s, the need for comfort also increased, and customers wanted to have hot coffee with a roll while refueling. 7-Eleven opened its thousandth store that year. In 1969, 7-Eleven opened new stores in Canada and in the 1980s, the first worldwide 7-Eleven stores opened in Australia, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Currently, 7-Eleven owns more than 60,000 stores worldwide. In addition to gas, you can buy pizza, soft drinks, sandwiches, household goods, beer and wine and other small items at the convenience store. You can also buy a lottery ticket at this convenience store. 7-Eleven is open 24 hours.
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