Here are facts you might not have known about 7-Eleven, which dominates the Long Island landscape.
7-Eleven turns 90
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In 2017, the convenience store chain celebrated its 90th birthday on 7-Eleven Day — or July 11 — by giving away free Slurpees.
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7-Eleven has given away Slurpees every July 11 since 2002 to celebrate the day.
Bring Your Own Cup Day
If using a regular Slurpee cup isn’t for you, 7-Eleven has the deal for you on certain days. You can bring a bucket, a pail, or whatever you can fill it with the signature drink. The rules: It must be 10 inches or less in diameter, food-safe clean and watertight.
From ice to Slurpees
7-Eleven got its start in 1927 in Texas when the Southland Ice Company began selling milk, eggs and bread from the dock. It changed to its current name from the Tote’m name in 1946, taking the numbers from its hours of operation, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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While 7-Elevens originally were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the chain got the idea to stay open 24 hours in 1963 when its Austin, Texas, location was so busy after a University of Texas football game it turned in a profitable evening despite being open all night. It changed to 24 hours on…
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