Our Very Own Kwik-E-Mart


Monday, July 2nd, 2007 — 9:33am PDT
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Update July 3, 2007: Keira and I had a chance to check out the Coquitlam Kwik-E-Mart this afternoon.

Pics are up on Flickr in this set: Trip to Kwik-E-Mart
Squishee Girls Kwik-E-Mart $2 Squishee Cups

In a hilarious yet ingenious mass-marketing plot 7-Elevens around North America have been turning into Kwik-E-Marts, in anticipation of the Simpsons Movie that hits theatres July 27, 2007.

The monthlong promotion has been rumored a long time — it’s hard to keep a secret known by so many suppliers and franchisees — but 7-Eleven managed to keep the locations of the stores quiet until early Sunday morning. That’s when the exteriors of 11 U.S. stores and one in Canada were flocked in industrial foam and given new signs to replicate the animated look of Kwik-E-Marts. [Yahoo News]

I read about this on Metroblogging Vancouver, where yong_sa discovered this article and found the only Kwik-E-Mart in Canada, which is in Coquitlam.

7-Eleven has a “Kwik-E-Mart Locator” on their site [7-11], where other locations include: Burbank, CA [Flickr Set], Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Lake Buena Vista, FL/Orlando, FL, Las Vegas, NV/Henderson, NV, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, San Francisco, CA/Mountain View, CA, Seattle, WA [Metroblogging Seattle] and Washington, DC/Bladensburg, MD [Metroblogging DC].

Those stores and most of the 6,000-plus other 7-Elevens in North America will sell items that until now existed only on television: Buzz Cola, KrustyO’s cereal and Squishees, the slushy drink knockoff of Slurpees. [Yahoo News]


Photo credit: rdr07 on Flickr – View entire set (Burbank location)

The Coquitlam location is at 1198 Lansdowne in Coquitlam, BC. The 7-Eleven website says “street” although it should be “drive”. Here’s the Google Map. I’m not sure why more 7-Elevens joined in on the fun, because this will definitely be a sight to see, I’d love to go get a Squishee!

Reminder – July 11 (07-11) is free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven.


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17 comments

  1. Matt says:

    I really liked this idea when I heard about it, but now that I see it, I like it even more.

  2. Richard says:

    Not only that, but they had it as “Landsdowne” (notice the first ‘d’). I say “had” because they commented out the Vancouver listing from the locations page. (I swore I saw the link last night.) Check the HTML code of http://www.7-eleven.com/kem.asp and search for “kem_vbc.asp” to see what I mean.

  3. fotoeins says:

    Greetings to Apu.

    Mmmmmm …. doooooonuts.

    Mmmmmm …. Duff.

    Drool.

  4. D’oh! None near me! I’m moving out the weekend the film opens though. Might have to plan the drive to Houston to “conveniently” pass through some of those towns.

  5. GZ Expat says:

    The bar in our office is called Moe’s. We were first!!!

  6. GZ Expat says:

    Baahaha…I just noticed on the Flickr set, there is a cop parked in the lot.

    Mmmm-doughnuts.

  7. John says:

    Just posted about my trip to the Kwik-E-Mart (with pictures). If you’re planning on going, wait until Tuesday when it’s fully transformed….but it was still cool today!

  8. Apoc Eros says:

    No duff…. 🙁 stupid PG-13 rated movie and promotion…
    good looking donuts though, very… generic

    XD

  9. Tyler Ingram says:

    Oh cool landsdowne huh? I used to live near there! I’m going to have to see what’s left 😉

    Too bad they don’t sell beer like the American stores do… I’d be cool to see Duff!

  10. Keith says:

    I just went by there the other day, can’t say I noticed it. Might try and run by there tonight!

    do you think the _squishees_ will be free on July 11th? 🙂

  11. Kelly says:

    took my kids tonight line up was around the building lol

  12. LoLo D. says:

    The 7-11 on Robson near the Coast Plaza Hotel is selling the Crusty-O’s. I saw them on Sunday when I was getting a slurpee. I didn’t look to see if they were carrying anything else.

  13. Maktaaq says:

    Damn, I used to live there. I move out of the suburbs and now they get this and H&M.

    That 7-Eleven is across the street from a rich kid high school. No wonder they picked it.

    PS The donair place around the corner, if you go by again, is delicious.

  14. B says:

    that is very cool. heard about it on the radio this morning on my way to work. too bad i don’t have a reason to go to Coquitlam. i love The Simpsons.

  15. Tyler Ingram says:

    Most of the 7-11s I’ve been too are selling the product, its just that the one in coquitlam is supposed to look more like a Kwik-E-Mart 🙂

    I picked up some Buzz Cola (which is like RC Cola) and Krusty-Os which I hope I get the little sharpened buzz blade in it 😉

  16. bflora says:

    I spent some time at the Chicago Kwik-E-Mart and put together a somewhat thorough report. Hear the owner’s weak Apu impression, see how much money they pull in during a 20-minute stretch, see faces light up upon finding the Frosted KrustyO’s and many many pictures.

    Five reasons to visit the Chicago Kwik-E-Mart

    Chicago Kwik-E-Mart Photo Gallery

  17. Javier says:

    hi i enjoyed the read

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