“Open 24 Hours” may be the best three words in the English language. Photo: Justin Taylor
7-Eleven: Home to the Slurpee, questionably grilled meats, and 3 am toilet paper runs. Throughout its 88-year history, the company has ingrained itself into our culture, our neighborhood, and our clogged hearts.
But what do we really know about this pervasive business?
Who had the idea to start 7-Eleven?
7-Eleven began as a roll of the dice from Southland Ice Company founder Joe C. Thompson when an employee, John Jefferson Green, suggested the company should begin selling household staples like bread and milk in their Texas ice stores.
Jefferson kept his store open during evenings and Sundays and seeing its success, Thompson Sr. later adopted these hours throughout all of their locations. The company took a major hit during The Great Depression, but the end of Prohibition ultimately saved the company (because nothing stirs American wallets quite like easily accessible alcohol).
- An unsettling, Illuminati-esque 666,000 pounds of glaze are used each month on 7-Eleven’s donuts, fritters, and other pastries.
- If you watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, a 7-Eleven will have opened during the credits of each film.
- 7-Eleven has the largest ATM network of any US retailer.
- Most Slurpees are certified kosher because everyone should be able to enjoy their diabetes-inducing satisfaction.
- In 1949, 7-Eleven’s made convenience store history with its punny commercial which featured the tagline “You Auto Know.” Unfortunately for them, Alanis Morissette hadn’t been born yet.
- For 20 years, 7-Eleven has been giving American police departments millions of Slurpee coupons to dole out to upstanding youths during the summer.
- One out of four of you are within a mile of a 7-Eleven.
Go now! Or whenever. It’ll always be open.