Slurpees, Big Gulps, and Late Night Munchies: The History of 7-Eleven

Over the past century, 7-Eleven has become the world’s preeminent convenience store. But did you know the original 7-Eleven was nothing more than a glorified walk-in freezer? In this episode of History Of, we’re diving deeper than a Big Gulp into the long and storied history of everyone’s favorite late night, early morning pit stop. Why was 7-Eleven originally called a “Tote’m” store? How did a freezer accident lead to the advent of the Slurpee? Why do 7-Elevens in other countries look like hip coffee shops or outdoor bars? Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just under six minutes.

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Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Brendan Day

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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