The Country With The Highest Number Of 7-Eleven Stores Is?
If you’re an American, you can be easily forgiven for thinking the United States is the 7-Eleven capital of the world. The ubiquitous convenience store chain was started in Texas, there isn’t a state without several dozen of them, and across the entire United States you’ll find approximately 7,800 of the Slurpee-serving stores.
But there’s something most Americans don’t realize about the franchise. As much as Americans love a good Slurpee and the long hours the stores offer, the Japanese really love them. Not only are there nearly twice as many 7-Eleven locations in Japan (approximately 15,000), but four percent of the world’s 7-Eleven stores are found in Tokyo alone. In fact, the franchise is such a big deal in Japan that in 1991 Japanese corporation Ito-Yokado became the primary shareholder in the 7-Eleven corporation. Ito-Yokado later formed the Seven & I Holding Co. and absorbed the 7-Eleven company altogether.
Image courtesy of LERK; first 7-Eleven opened in Japan circa 1974.