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Oct 12, 2021

7-11 is making aliyah!

There is a well known old question, one of those conundrums of the universe, wondering if 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, why do they have locks on their doors?

Good question.

Just under a year ago the news reported that 7-11 was in negotiations with local Israeli companies to open a chain of their stores in Israel.

Very exciting news, especially for American expats (though 7-11 is in many countries, so maybe it is exciting for expats of some other countries as well). 

Calcalist is reporting now that the contract has been signed and 7-11 is making aliyah! 

According to the report, Electra Consumer Products has signed with them to open the chain in Israel, starting with several stores in Tel Aviv by next summer and committing to spend 60 million shekels over the next few years in marketing and opening new stores around Israel. The agreement between 7-11 and Electra is for 20 years with an option to extend for another 50. they really plan ahead long term!

Electra has announced that it will keep the stores closed on Shabbos. Not even location dependent, with stores in more religious areas staying closed while stores in less religious areas stay open - they will be closing them all on Shabbos (at least as of now).

I guess it at least makes sense in Israel for 7-11 to get locks on the doors - for Shabbos.

Another question for the Israeli division of 7-11, that might not be resolved quite as easily, is will free slurpee day be on November 7 or July 11? 7-11 in Israel is November 7, but the global corporation celebrates it on July 11, so it can go either way.

And if they are planning to close on Shabbos, I think it is safe to assume that they will also be kosher.

First World Problems, as they say. I'll just wait for my slurpee.

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  1. There is a 7-11 in Monsey that has cholent and other stuff on Thursday nights. You never know what you might find in a 7-11! Cholent and a slurpee, lol!

  2. The locks are actually there for legal reasons- if a place is always open, it is theoretically public property. So they lock up for a few minutes a year.

  3. Actually, in most countries 7-11 means November 7th. It is only in America that it means July 11.

    1. do they do the free slurpee day in other countries? on which date?

    2. Acc. to Wikipedia, in Australia they give out free slurpees on November 7th.

  4. But are you sure you'll get American-style slurpees? Here in Canada, they're uncarbonated... and not 24/7, but yes, you do get free slurpee day and our local one let the Jewish population come the next day the year it was Shabbos...

  5. They have locks because it is cheaper to order standard doors with locks than to order custom-made doors without them.

  6. Just curious, aside from slurpees, is there anything that 7-11 has that you're excited about?


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