No, you’re not imagining things, there are 7-Eleven stores everywhere in Thailand. In June, Thailand passed the 10,000 store mark and the round-the-clock convenience chain plans to open 700 more stores this year and reach a total of 13,000 stores by 2021.
The franchise originated in the U.S. but is licensed in Asia by a Japanese company. In Thailand, the stores are operated by Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), and first opened in the country in 1989. So, it’s taken 28 years to open that many outlets, reported Bangkok Post.
At exactly 10,007 stores at the end of June, 7-Eleven is by far the most popular of the Japanese convenience stores operating in Thailand. FamilyMart has only 1,136 shops in Thailand and Lawson has just 85 stores in the country.
Japan has 19,588 7-Eleven stores.
Aside from selling everything under the sun, 7-Eleven stores in Thailand are also known as the homes of stray animals across the country. Check out our stories on the animals of 7-Eleven below: