Wednesday is July 11, and 7-Eleven convenience store is giving away their signature drink, the "Slurpee" to customers in celebration of the chain's 80th birthday.
Remember when a loaf of bread costs $0.09, a gallon of milk was $0.56 and a dozen eggs only $0.46 cents? It was all back in 1927 when convenience stores got their start with a little ice dock providing customers with what they wanted, and expanding hours to fit their lifestyles.
7-Eleven is the world's largest retailer with more than 32,000 stores. Hours expanded to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week in 1946, and the store changed it's name to reflect its new hours.
In 1963, stores began operating 24 hours, and in 1964, the 7-Eleven in Long Island, New York introduced “coffee-to-go,” paving the way for "dashboard dining."
The “Slurpee” was introduced in 1965.
Recently 7-Eleven has transformed some stores into Kwik-E-Marts in anticipation of the new Simpson's movie, and offer Simpson's treats inside.