Fun Facts

Pizza, Coffee, Slurpee® Drinks, Oh My!

With so many beverages and fresh food options at 7‑Eleven stores, customers can always find their favorite food, snacks, drinks and convenience items at a store nearest them. You can get an idea of how popular these products have been and what area sells the most in the following 7‑Eleven fun facts.

7‑Eleven, Inc.

  • 7‑Eleven, Inc. is the world’s largest convenience store chain operating, franchising and licensing more than 56,600 stores in 18 countries, of which nearly 10,500 are in North America. The company has more outlets than any other retailer or food service provider.
  • July 11th (7/11) is the official birthday of the 7‑Eleven® convenience store chain. The company celebrates its 88th birthday this year.
  • 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 adds another store to its worldwide operations every three and a half hours.

Industry Firsts

  • 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 was the first retailer to add functional, herbal enhancements to its coffee to go.
  • 7‑Eleven was the first c-store retailer to give guests “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.
  • In 1984 7‑Eleven was the first convenience retailer to offer ATM services.

Slurpee® Beverages

  • Slurpee® drink Obsessed: The #1 market in the world for Slurpee drink sales is Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, followed by the greater Detroit, Mich. area.
  • Michigan is home to eight of the top 10 Slurpee-selling stores in the company, with Detroit-area stores selling about 3.5 times as many Slurpee drinks per day than the average U.S. store.
  • 7‑Eleven guests sip more than 14 million Slurpee beverages each month. Favorite flavors are Coca-Cola and Wild Cherry. Since introduced in 1966, some 7.2 billion Slurpee drinks have been sold, enough for every person on the planet.
  • 7‑Eleven created a special spoon-straw so slurpers wouldn't miss the last drop of their Slurpee drinks.
  • Slurpee drinks are served fountain-style at a frosty 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

7-Select Products

  • Born in 2004, 7-Select-branded products were developed with a lofty goal: to create high-quality items that were equal to or better than national brands but at prices 10 to 20 percent less.
  • The 300-plus products sold under the 7-Select brand cross all store categories -- from juice to jerky, sandwich crackers to gummy worms, paper goods to personal care items to over-the-counter medicines, and snack chips to cooking oil. 
  • Proprietary, private-brand items are also sold at 7‑Eleven stores in other countries under the 7-Fresh, 7-Signature and 7-Premium brand names. 7‑Eleven stores in Canada, Mexico, Thailand, South Korea and Taiwan also offer 7-Select private-brand products.
  • Close to 200 new 7-Select-branded products are expected to be introduced in 2015 almost doubling the number of 7-Select products offered in 7‑Eleven stores by the end of the year.

Hot and Fresh

  • 7‑Eleven sells some 20 million pizzas a year which is enough to give a pizza to every person who lives in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
  • 7‑Eleven sells more than 20,500 fresh-to-go salads every day. Now that is a lot of green!
  • If all of the 75 million bananas 7‑Eleven stores sold in 2014 were lined up, they would stretch from 7‑Eleven, Inc. headquarters in Dallas to New Delhi, India, one of the world's top banana producers. That's over 8,200 miles.
  • 7‑Eleven sells more than 20 million pounds of spicy chicken wings every year. That's going, going, gone with 228 wings sold per hour.

Fresh Bakery

  • 7‑Eleven sells 190 million fresh-baked donuts and pastries per year – enough to feed every person in the state of Virginia two dozen donuts! On average, 7‑Eleven sells 360 fresh bakery items every minute.
  • Most guests want a beverage with their favorite donut – 45 percent choose a cup of 7‑Eleven® coffee and 7 percent choose a soft drink.
  • Blueberry is at the top of the hill as the best-selling muffin in 7‑Eleven® stores across the United States. And guests #1 pick for a donut is glazed with more than 50 million sold per year. In New York, buttered rolls and bagels are the most popular, where in Southern California, chocolate chip cookies sell the most.

Who? What? Where? Who’s buying the most 7‑Eleven stuff?

  • Of all U.S. retailers, 7‑Eleven sells the most … USA Today newspapers, cold single-serve beer, cold single-serve bottled water, cold Gatorade bottled drinks and lottery tickets.
  • Who’s buying the most merchandise at U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores? The answer is – the most Slurpee® beverages in Kennewick, Wash., and the greater Detroit, Mich. area; hot dogs in Maryland, coffee on Long Island, and Big Gulp® drinks in Utah.
  • Nearly one-third of the more than 6 million people who stop by a U.S. 7‑Eleven store each day purchase immediately consumable food.
  • 7‑Eleven is one of America’s favorite beverage destinations. More than half of store guests purchase a non-alcohol beverage.
  • Approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population lives within one mile of a 7‑Eleven store.
  • 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.
  • 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 –1.1 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 is the second largest whole-pizza retailer with its more than 8,100 U.S. stores. Only Pizza Hut sells more whole pizzas at around the same number of U.S. stores.
  • 7‑Eleven sold more than 60 million grilled hot dogs in 2014, which could feed every person in Frankfurter-loving Chicago a Big Bite® hot dog twice a month for a year. Only Sonic, Dairy Queen and Costco sold more hot dogs than 7‑Eleven stores.
  • 7‑Eleven sold more taquitos than any other convenience retailler in 2014 with some 83 million GO-GO taquitos® to 7‑Eleven customers in need of a spicy hot-to-go snack. Taquitos became a popular offering as a portable lunch item in Southern California in the 1930s and still are a top seller in California.
  • When the 32-ounce Big Gulp® drink was introduced in 1976, it was the biggest fountain soft drink on the market. Twelve years later, 7‑Eleven introduced the giant 64-ounce Double Gulp® beverage, at that time one of the biggest fountain soft drinks on the market. In 2012, the Double Gulp drink shrunk to 50 ounces because consumers wanted the large cup to better fit into a "vehicle-sized" cup holder.
  • 7‑Eleven stores sell almost 45 million gallons of fountain drinks a year – enough to fill approximately 68 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • Close to 85 percent of tea in America is consumed as iced tea, and demand for it continues to rise. Around 60 percent of 7‑Eleven customers said they hadn't come in specifically to buy iced tea, but bought it once they were aware of 7‑Eleven Fresh Brewed Iced Teas in the store.
  • Almost one in four salads sold by 7‑Eleven stores is a Chicken Caesar salad.
  • 7‑Eleven customers agree with adding a little zest to a classic turkey sandwich. The top-selling sandwich at 7‑Eleven stores is the Smoked Turkey & Jack Cheese with Southwest Mayo sandwich. But in the Northeast, 7‑Eleven shoppers prefer the classic Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich.
  • 7‑Eleven sells 40 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 at dinner.
  • 7‑Eleven sells more than 5,100 fresh sandwiches per hour.
  • Enough fountain drinks are sold at 7‑Eleven stores in a year to fill Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon twice.
  • 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.