Thank Heaven: 7-Eleven Returning to Houston

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You no longer have to play make-believe; 7-Eleven is returning in the flesh.
I am barely old enough to remember 7-Eleven, which departed the Houston market in the 1980s following the Dallas-based company's financial decline in that decade, but I remember the stores being awesome.

Since it left the southern part of the state, 7-Eleven has mushroomed into a multinational corporation with 48,000 stores in 16 countries. Nearly 9,500 of those are here in the United States, but until recently most 7-Elevens were nowhere to be found in many parts of Texas...despite the company's headquarters being located in the state's third-largest city.

Now, however, 7-Eleven has announced its return to the Houston market after a nearly 25-year absence. As Kiah Collier reported in the Houston Chronicle last week, "the Dallas-based chain acquired 143 convenience stores in Texas, including two in Houston, that eventually will be remodeled and re-branded."

The announcement comes after news this summer that 7-Eleven was also re-entering the San Antonio market after leaving that city in 1989. The 7-Elevens in San Antonio are mostly situated along the I-35 corridor and moved into renovated and transformed Tetco stations.

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Accept no substitutes (unless it's a Dr Pepper Icee...).
Here in Houston, two Speedy Stop stores will be converted into 7-Elevens, although both are quite a ways outside the Beltway: One at Highway 6 and West Little York Road, the other on Highway 249 close to Willowbrook Mall.

Despite being "just" a convenience store, 7-Eleven's absence has been missed in the intervening quarter century since it left Houston. Icees could be substituted for Slurpees, and 7-Eleven's chili-cheese nachos could be had in better form elsewhere, but there was still a hole in many a Houstonian's hearts that only 7-Eleven could fill.

An online petition to bring the convenience chain back to Houston may have only garnered 323 virtual signatures, but the impassioned rhetoric of the petition spoke for itself:

We feel that 7-Eleven has the best opportunity to become the leading convenience store in Houston, just as you have internationally. We do not understand why there are stores in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, but none in Houston or the surrounding communities. In fact, the closest store is 103 miles away in Smithville. While we do enjoy your quality products and services, that is a bit too far to travel.

On Facebook, reactions were swift and happy. Wrote fan Nena Lamb: "That made my day!! Slurpees and hot dogs." Added fan Joanie King: "Round-the-clock pump cheese every single day of the year.....I shall rejoice."

Just don't pull an Oklahoma City on us, 7-Eleven. We want our Slurpees back, none of those "Icy Drink Frozen Fun" shenanigans.



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41 comments
montrose.patriot
montrose.patriot

Im usually hoarding Slurpee cups from ATX and DFW since August 2011 - all of this goes back 2 an ATX gig @ the former Phoenix off Colorado Street where I spotted a 7-Eleven marquee off Riverside Drive...

NewAbe
NewAbe

Big gulps, huh? Welp, see ya later!

LaLainya Brown
LaLainya Brown

Hell yeah! Haven't had a Slurpee since I was like 12. They were always better than Icees.

Jax Solo
Jax Solo

Bring on the Slurpees!!!

Michael Terry
Michael Terry

I'm gonna boycot them for leaving in the first place. Unless they put one in Pasadena and right around the corner from me.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.  I'll wait for its comeback.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Right on! Right down the road from me too!

Kerry Routledge Chu
Kerry Routledge Chu

Hooray but we definitely need more than two! I am from NY where they are on every corner lol. Oh how I miss them!

Julie Boyer
Julie Boyer

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I live by Willowbrook! Can't wait to have some Icees and Iced Coffee's and Oh Dear God! There's just so much to be excited about! THE FREAKIN BIG GULP!

Veonka' Monique'
Veonka' Monique'

Yayy!!! Guess who will be benefiting Djoseph Urbie Davis ??? ME!! Who hoo!!

Kimberly Mendys
Kimberly Mendys

i remember living down the road from one of these when i was a kid...

jonathanwilliamson
jonathanwilliamson

Outside the beltway? I don't even go outside of the inner loop. 

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

Outside of the beltway? Don't care. Talk to me when they're coming back to the inner loop.

Brooke Alyson
Brooke Alyson

Now we must bring Taco Bueno back into Houston. Not just The Woodlands/Conroe.

Andrew Lourdes
Andrew Lourdes

BIG GULP YEA :) lol 711's must always have a good fountain drink area its fundamental. :)

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Wish Facebook had a couldn't care less button.

Andy Phifer
Andy Phifer

(in addition) RIGHT NEXT TO MY HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEE

Andy Phifer
Andy Phifer

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYES

Abrahán Garza
Abrahán Garza

outside of too many loops at this point. get in the loop and we'll talk.

john1914
john1914

I hope that the taco shop in the Speedy Stop at Highway 6 & W. Little York makes the cut with the rebrand. Those breakfast tacos were surprisingly good... and cheap. 

jayfredericks
jayfredericks

Now if they would just bring back Circus magazine, I can relive my youth by getting an old school BMX bike, ride it up there and hang out drinking Slurpees, reading the magazine and playing video games. Those were the good old days.

jacobGonz
jacobGonz

Dallas is the state's third largest city.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

See ... the mayor's task force to find new retail actually paid dividends ... and quickly too.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editortopcommenter

@jacobGonz Indeed! My mistake, and one more thing for me to snicker at Dallas for...

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