7-Eleven Wants Americans to Love It as Much as the Japanese Do

The home of the Slurpee is now being supercharged by the pandemic

Adam Chandler
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An illustrated gif of 7-Eleven signs popping up all around the world.
Illustration: Maria Chimishkyan

Let’s get something out of the way: You probably do not have the most positive memories of 7-Eleven. The weary-looking hot dogs and taquitos on mechanical rollers, the trauma of Slurpee brain freezes and parking lot heartbreaks past, the strange

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Adam Chandler
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Journalist. Author of Drive-Thru Dreams. The Atlantic alum. Work in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere.