Not only did you get that one wrong, you probably don't know how they came up with the stupid name.
Don't look at me. I have no idea.
Masatoshi Ito, the “king of convenience” who turned 7-Eleven into a global empire, passed away last Friday, aged 98.
Ito’s empire got started in 1956 when he took over his family’s store in Tokyo, quickly expanding it beyond clothes into a Japanese retail giant. But it wasn’t until a trip to the US in the early 1970’s, when Ito spotted a 7-Eleven store — at the time a Dallas-based company — that he realized the full potential of the convenience model.
Ito struck a deal to open Japan’s first ever 7-Eleven in 1974 — and a retail revolution quickly followed. 7-Eleven, and other convenience stores, transformed everything in many of Japan’s densely-populated, fast-paced cities, from how companies move products to the way people eat, even introducing the now iconic ready-to-eat rice ball to its shelves.
Apprentice to master
7-Eleven was so successful in Japan that it quickly outgrew its US counterpart, eventually buying a controlling stake in the American corporation in 1991. Since then, growth has hardly slowed, with the parent company Seven & I Holdings growing to more than 83,000 stores around the world. The majority are in Asian countries, with just 15% — still nearly 13,000 stores — in the US. Ito made the convenience store so integral to daily life that the Japanese government declared it part of the national infrastructure.
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