The Original 7-11, The Worlds First Convenience Store

Ah yes, the familiar corner convenience store, first pioneered by a chain of stores called 7-11 in 1927 in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.

7-11 gave the world the Slurpee, the Big Gulp and other familiar products and was open 7 days a week from 7am until 11pm (hence the name).

The Digital Time Traveler was recently in Dallas and stopped by the location of that very store. The original building is long gone, but it was replaced with another building that remained a working 7-11 until 1983. That building is still there and has that characteristic green roof.

You’ll notice in the photos, the house next to the original building is still standing, and you’ll probably figure out that the original, small store was situated where the parking lot of the current building now sits.

I hope you enjoy this installment as much as I did visiting the location (at 10th and  Edgefield in Dallas, TX)

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