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Meat, Food, Ice Cream, Milk
Meat, Food, Ice Cream, Milk
Inside the ice dock store in 1927 (left). The look of the store in 1940 (right).

With just a few basic products sitting on shelves in its very first store, the company started to expand its footprint and introduce Americans to the concept of convenience stores.

Over the years, 7-Eleven has set many "firsts" for the retail industry.

In 1949, 7-Eleven was the first convenience store chain to air TV commercials.

In 1964, coffee-to-go was introduced to American consumers in a 7-Eleven store on Long Island, N.Y.

in 1966, 7-Eleven introduced its iconic drink, the Slurpee frozen carbonated beverage.



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