The company started in Oak Cliff, Texas (a neighborhood of Dallas) in 1927 and started to use the 7-Eleven name in 1946; the previous branding of these stores was as "Speedee-Mart." The majority of today's 7-Eleven stores are operated in Japan since a Japanese company purchased the majority interest of the parent company, the Southland Corporation, in 1991.
Initially these stores used to be open from 7 AM to 11 PM, hence the name. Now most of the stores in this chain are open at all times. Their most well-known private label products include Slurpees (a partially frozen slurry in a number of flavours) and the Big Gulp (super size soda pop in 32, 44, 52, and 64 fluid ounce sizes).