By Tamas Mondovics
Words like Big Gulp and Slurpee may take residents down memory lane, but many Riverview area residents and motorists whose daily travel routine includes Boyette Rd. will soon have a chance to enjoy such products a bit closer to their home
As the Boyette roadwork continues with much attention on the bridge over Bell Creek in Riverview, the fast moving construction of a brand new 7-Eleven gas station and 3,000 sq. ft. convenience store is nearing completion less than a mile up the road on the corner of Boyette and McMullen Rd.
With its future official address as 10016 McMullen Rd., the new 7-Eleven is scheduled to open late July, filling the once-vacant lot, making it the third of such stores within the vicinity.
According to 7-Eleven Corporate Communications Director, Margaret Chabris, the new store will have six multiple fuel pump dispensers with 12 fueling positions.
While most recognize some of its signature products, a bit of 7-Eleven trivia reveals that there are more than 50,200 units worldwide of which more than 10,100 are in North America. During 2011, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $76.6 billion.
Founded in 1927 in Dallas, Texas, the company pioneered the convenience-store concept during its first years of operation as an ice company when its retail outlets began selling milk, bread and eggs as a convenience to customers.
Today, 7-Eleven is also said to be one of the nation’s largest independent gasoline retailers. The company’s name was changed from The Southland Corporation to 7-Eleven, Inc. after approval by shareholders on April 28, 1999.
The name 7-Eleven originated in 1946 when the stores were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., however, today the store offers customers 24-hour convenience, seven days a week, which company officials say is the cornerstone of 7-Eleven’s business.
It is not surprising that July 11 (7/11) is the official birthday of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain, this year celebrating its 86th birthday.
The company’s Website address is www.7-Eleven.com.