DALLAS, Nov. 4, 2010 // PRNewswire // -- Early yesterday, President Barack Obama jokingly told a Bloomberg reporter he might serve America's favorite drink, the Slurpee®, during an upcoming meeting with the incoming House Speaker, Ohio Rep. John Boehner and referred to it as "a very delicious drink."
"We are not surprised by President Obama's comments about Slurpee, which is non-partisan and has been bringing people together for more than 40 years," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven, Inc.'s president and CEO. "We have made an offer to the White House to install Slurpee machines and to host a Slurpee Summit."
In addition to offering to host a Slurpee Summit, the Slurpee trucks will leave Dallas Friday for Washington, D.C., and share the "delicious drink" with the American people along the way.
To further commemorate President Obama's momentous mention, 7-Eleven also is offering to install Slurpee machines at the White House and in Rep. Boehner's office on Capitol Hill.
7-Eleven is bringing Slurpee to the people by embarking on this tour making stops at capital cities along the way. Though mixing and matching flavors is a standard practice of our loyal Slurpee fans, people on the Slurpee truck route can also join in on the mixing gig. They can show their patriotic colors by trying or mixing a red, white or blue Slurpee drinks or show their unity by choosing our new flavor, "Purple for the People." Slurpee fans know that when you bring different flavors together the result is always better.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 8,200 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses close to 38,800 stores in 16 countries. During 2009, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $58.9 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2009, #3 in Forbes magazine's Top 20 Franchises to Start, #3 among Top 100 Global Franchises by Franchise Direct, #3 in Store Growth by Convenience Store News, #2 in Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies and #29 among Top 100 Chains in Food Service. In addition, Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven recently was selected by three diversity publications as a company offering the best career and franchisee opportunities. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. In addition, the company received the 2009 Shopper-Centric Marketing Innovation from Symphony IRI and the 2010 Retailer of the Year award from PL Buyer because of the company's private-label brand program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.
SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc.