Monday, November 16, 2009 | Modified Saturday, April 18, 2015 17:02 Pacific/Honolulu
The concept of convenience dates back to the 1920s and The Southland Ice Co., a Dallas, Texas company owned by the family of the founders of the modern day 7-Eleven® store.
The Southland Ice Company became the Southland Corporation in the 1930s and it was in 1947 when the stores were renamed for their hours of operation, 7am to 11pm. From early morning to late at night, Texas shoppers could make a quick stop at 7-Eleven® for ice, cold drinks, groceries and sundries.
Fast forward to 1978; not only were 7-Eleven® stores open 24 hours a day and popping up around the globe, the first store opened here in Hawaii -- in Kaimuki, on the island of Oahu.
While the company's ownership has changed, the business model remains the same today -- to offer our customers Value, Variety, Freshness and Innovation.
And in addition to our proprietary brands like Slurpee®, Big Gulp® and Big Bite® Hot Dogs, all Hawaii 7-Eleven® stores offer a full range of 'made fresh daily' local foods, including Sushi, Musubi, Bento and Deli Sandwiches.
Giving back and helping those in need has long been a 7-Eleven® tradition. In 1986, we teamed up with Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association -- a relationship that still endures today. With the support of our loyal customers and vendors, we are able to help dozens of local organizations each year, including the Lokahi Giving Project, that offers emergency financial and emotional assistance to island families.
Employing almost 900 people on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, Seven-Eleven Hawaii, Inc. operates (60) 7-Eleven® stores as a Hawaii corporation under Seven & I Holding Co., Ltd. of Japan.