7-Eleven’s incredible milestone

They are 7-Eleven by name and now 711(00) by stores.

The convenience chain this week celebrated the opening of their 71,100 store in Seoul, South Korea.

The world’s largest convenience brand, opened their first store in Dallas, Texas 90 years ago, which sold staples such as eggs, milk and bread from and ice dock after grocery stores had closed for the day. Stores began trading under the name 7-Eleven in 1946, so named for their operating hours of 7pm-11pm. It wasn’t until 1971 that 24 hour trading was introduced.

The chain appears unstoppable, with a new store opening every 3.5 hours. The chain operates in 17 countries and has 11,800 stores across North America, and they plan to expand into India and Cambodia in the near future.

“7‑Eleven’s iconic orange, green and red stripes are easily recognised in 17 countries around the world,” said 7‑Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto.

“The company got its start because an entrepreneurial ice dock employee saw his customers had a need and came up with a creative way to serve them. A lot has changed in how, when and where 7‑Eleven does business. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to put customers at the forefront of all we do.”

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