Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven Stores being sold to Corporate Overlords…

Are Slurpees finally coming to Oklahoma City?

Last night, we received a tip via The Ogle Mole Network that Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven Stores – the family run conglomerate that has owned and operated all metro-area 7-Eleven’s since the 1950s – is being acquired by 7-Eleven’s corporate ownership out of Dallas.

Check this out:

I tried calling the Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven corporate office earlier this morning to confirm the report, but their phone lines were not connecting. Curious, huh?

As a result, I decided to go undercover and visit my neighborhood 7-Eleven store – a miniature, 1990s rectangular time capsule that, like most 7-Elevens, doesn’t appear to have been updated or remodeled in decades – to play dumb, see what the staff had to say, and take advantage of the free ATM.

It went something like this:

“Hey, were you guys bought?”

The question brought an immediate look of concern to the cashier’s face. It was like I knew a secret nobody else should know. She didn’t immediately answer.

“One of my friends told me about it.” I continued. “I just wanted to make sure you all aren’t going anywhere. I don’t want to have to find a new gas station!”

She then confirmed the news with a slight head nod, and whispered something to the effect of “Yes, but we really can’t talk about it.”

“Is anything going to change?,” I asked.

The other cashier then jumped in and proclaimed:

“They’re telling us nothing is changing and we have it in writing!”  She then proudly nodded towards a letter.

I nearly asked to see the letter, but I didn’t. The last thing I need is to pull a Donnie Brasco and get too deep in the 7-Eleven underworld, and eventually have to beat up some guy at 7th Heaven bakery who asked me to take off my shoes.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what, if any, effect this will have on things. You don’t have to drive by more than five or six OnCues on NW Expressway to know that 7-Eleven has fallen behind in the local gas station scene. Maybe this corporate takeover will mean new and improved 7-Elevens on the horizon. That would be good news for locals who like clean, well-light spaces that offer fossil fuel, gargantuan beverages and stale donuts.

Also, could this move finally help usher QuikTrip into Oklahoma City? Although the Oklahoma media has tried their best to de-bunk it, legend has it that QuikTrip never expanded into Oklahoma City due to a handshake agreement between the founder of Central Oklahoma 7-Elevens – Bill Brown – and QuikTrip billionaire Chester Cadieux. I guess the deal was Brown would control the gas station market in the central part of the state, while QuikTrip would expand in Tulsa area…and then everywhere else in the world that wasn’t OKC.

While we wait for those questions to be answered, feel free to contact us if you have any tips or details about the deal, including if Oklahoma will finally have rights to the Slurpee.

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Update: We received the following email from an anonymous email address. Can’t confirm or deny the details, but I felt like sharing:

Update 2: An Ogle Mole forwarded us this flyer that 7-Eleven is sending to employees. It looks like the acquisition is in progress…

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  1. 7-11 was the last place I knew of where you could go and be sure you wouldn’t be stuck behind a degenerate buying tickets or scratchers. I hope that doesn’t change.


    1. Oh, I’m sure it will. All of the corporate 7-11 stores I’ve been to in Dallas, California and the East Coast sell lottery tickets.


    2. I’m always stuck behind some one buying 4 or 5 money orders.


      1. I’m so sorry you have been inconvenienced in such a manner. There is absolutely no excuse for being poor or for using money orders. Hopefully this will be brought to corporate’s attention and it will be stopped immediately! As for those immoral and disgusting degenerates buying lottery tickets, they should be put in prison. I am so disappointed in this state for allowing such a program that is supposed to go to education. Fu*k them kids!!!


        1. Probably should go back and touch up on those sarcasm skills. Poor effort displayed today.


    3. Oh yeah. It’s changing. They definitely are introducing lottery tickets.


    4. They’re getting lottery ticket machines so you will have to stand in line behind people cashing the lottery tickets


  2. I think that means the drink cups will no longer match the ones you see Dom Delouise with in Cannonball Run. I’m not sure if that makes me happy or sad


  3. Oh the sweet memories of my neighborhood 7/11 at NW 23rd & Penn… It seems like only yesterday I was there witnessing my first stabbing.


    1. I got a residual macing at that 7-11 one morning. Good times.


    2. Look in the background. It’s the one near Warwick West.


    3. Oh the time of Mo’ Beeps…


    4. Do you remember Mo’ Beeps?


  4. I have ZERO official insight to offer. I just came to say that 7-Elevens all over the west side have been expanding (adding pumps) or begun new construction to move a small, old station to a newer, bigger lot. It may be happening all over town; I only frequent west OKC. I assumed they were doing it to FINALLY compete with On-Cue, so maybe this will be good for us in terms of competitive pricing. (Not on gas, obviously… that is controlled by the gods themselves….)


  5. Hopefully this means they’ll start selling Slurpees instead of Icees


  6. Wait, how did you actually find a contact number for 7-11? LOL


  7. In my two and a half years living in Portland, two things have been familiar and yet oddy different:
    7-Elevens with lottery tickets and Slurpies and OSU logos that just don’t look right, despite being orange & black.


  8. The Slurpee is too foamy. I hope they don’t change them but I really don’t buy very many anymore


  9. Bring on the Quick Trips!


    1. QT announced recently that they are opening a large “travel center” store on the east side of Joplin. No word on whether they plan any expansion in Oklahoma outside the Tulsa metro area. Sadly, QT has nothing in Oklahoma east of Claremore – or west of Sapulpa.


  10. Who cares about scratchers. Will I be able to buy condoms? 😂😂😂


  11. Yea lottery! But can we get condoms there too once the takeover happens?!?!?


    1. You already can buy them…


  12. No way does 7-11 pay enough for everyone to take a $4 an hour pay cut. Ha
    Please review this story in a year.


    1. There’s always a sign on the door displaying the types of jobs they are hiring for and the starting pay is always either $14 or $14.50 an hour. I mean, I don’t work there or anything but see the sign on every single store.


      1. Exactly. A $4/hour pay cut is very possible and they can still claim they pay above minimum wage.

        And by the way, if you run the numbers that an over $8000/yr pay cut (assuming 40hrs/week) which is pretty significant.


      2. If this is true, the the current 7-11 employees need to form their own local chapter of the Fight for $15.

        https://fightfor15.org/


    2. As a former 7-Eleven employee when I left two years ago I was making over $16 an hour after three years


    3. Once you hit your year max out a full time employee actually makes 15.05 and hour so whoever you getting your facts from just stop they LIED to you. But still can not take the pay cut even making 15$ an hour 🤦‍♀️


  13. Maybe y’all will get one of the fancy 7-11’s like this one I work by. It’s pretty insane. Although I still get hit up for change while filling up so it doesn’t feel all that different than the ones there I used to frequent.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/food/2019/03/29/7-surprising-things-about-the-7-eleven-lab-store-in-west-dallas/


    1. Because who doesn’t go into 7-11 just for that $200 bottle of wine and Himalayan salt lamp? Self care indeed!


  14. And someone needs to slow this QuikTrip growth!
    Once it takes OKC (and knocks out a few more competitors), QuikTrip sets the market price.


    1. If QT doesn’t set the market price, someone else will. Maybe it’s 7-11 in OKC?

      No one believes that gas prices jump 10 cents per gallon overnight for all brands all over town because of supply and demand. Someone, somewhere, makes the call.


      1. It’s called supply and demand. Look it up. Lol


  15. The 7-11 in my neck of the woods has been going downhill for the last several years; increasing number of gas pumps don’t have working card readers, interiror of store has an odd smell, like a pair of KD’s old sneakers. A 7-11 wonk blamed pump problem on Conoco — its one of their stores with Conoco gasoline. As for me and my clan, we’ve already switched our allegiance to On-Cue/Phillips66 except for the occasional Big Gulp.


  16. 7-11s in other states do not pay 4 dollars less than we do here.


  17. Wake me up when Buc-ee’s comes to town.


    1. Oklahoma does not deserve a Buc-ees. Drive south.


  18. The price of cigs have gone up about 10 percent there. I’m thankful for the Mom and Pop smoke shops.


  19. I stopped frequenting 7-11 when they stopped selling Playboy and rolling papers.


  20. They stopped selling things they never sold in the first place?


    1. There was a time when they sold those things


      1. I’m not certain about cigarette papers but Bill Brown’s 7-Eleven stores in Oklahoma _NEVER_ sold adult magazines or condoms. This was always a point of pride for the staunchly Catholic Brown family.


        1. From what I know of Catholics, they don’t have a problem with gambling like some religious folks do. Bingo games in the parish hall used to be a staple of Catholic culture.

          Rolling papers and adult magazines are in a different category.


          1. I think they are OK with it as long as altar boys are featured in the magazines.


        2. I remember going into my local 7-11 as a kid on Rockwell N. of 23rd and seeing the Playboy issue with Madonna on display. The clerk said he’d give me a peak for $5. Sadly my allowance was only $2 a week.


          1. Yeah, I remember seeing Playboys in their metal stand (might’ve had the plastic/whatever cover in front of the stack). It was behind the counter, so they sold Playboy (and maybe Penthouse, not sure about that one) at some of them, mine was the 59th/May location.


  21. All this noise and angst will subside if we ever get a buc-ees.
    Game over for on-cue, 7-11, qt, etc


    1. Why would it be game over? Buccees isn’t anything special.


      1. You are probably in the minority and I suspect you have either not visited one or are just trolling. That’s cooL.

        Compared to the standard of our state convenience stores it’s the Taj Mahal.
        Unless you like roaches and filthy restrooms then I guess some of the local establishments are just fine with you. There are loves stations everywhere if you are into that sort of thing.

        I prefer clean restrooms, boudin kolaches, inexpensive drinks and plenty of gas pumps.
        That’s just me.
        You do you.


      2. You obviously have never been to one.


    2. Buc-ees are travel stops, not local gas stations-convenience stores. They are located by major interstates and are spread far apart from each other. If one were to open in Oklahoma (which it shouldn’t nor probably will) it would most likely be built in the Thackerville area near the Winstar.


    3. Buccees is better as a rest stop if you generally care about the food options or want to buy a tent at gas station for some reason.

      I typically only care about the price of gas, so I’ll always favor whatever is the lowest.


  22. Let me offer a supposition, half truth, guess, wag why the all powerful QT hasn’t ventured down the turnpike to OKC. It all dates back to the owner’s anger over the tobacco compact with the tribes which preceded even the 15 year gaming compact of 2004. The smoke compact has recently been renewed by both sides. However I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Chester Cadieux, Czar at QT, has been whispering in Czar of Oklahoma, Kevin Stitt’s ear to make heap big trouble for the tribes on redoing the gaming compact.

    I know. I know. It is a stretch but it is as good as any other reason for His Lordship’s obstinance on gaming. After all no one really knew who was advising Stitt to keep playing the role of Dummy in the non-negotiations with the tribes and since both he and Chester are big deals in Tulsa and both would have their own reasons for opposing gaming (Chester’s economic and financial due to loss of cigarette sales) and maybe Stitt’s sincere religious opposition to casinos AND of course Cadieux supported Kevin in the gov’s race because, By God, since Tulsa doesn’t get anything else out of the legislature, it surely deserves to have the Stud Duck from up around there every once in a while whether they get anything done or not. Just being from T-Town is good enough. Prove me wrong, sue me or come up with a better reason for the continued dumb-off coming out of the capitol about gaming.

    By the way all the main men from the various tribes were in Norman yesterday at Riverwind and from brief conversations they didn’t appear worried one bit by the state’s current position on the compact. And why would they. They are in a win/win situation and the governor’s folks are so out of it his communications guru, formerly of Inhofe’s staff, said they didn’t even expect the tribes to file a lawsuit! Gaming is only 90% of their tribal livelihood but who cares about that? Well 39 tribes do.


    1. I remember that QT was pissed about losing tobacco sales to Indian smoke shops. They probably are also pissed about the legal age for tobacco sales being raised to 21, but they can only blame the Trump Administration for that.

      However, the supposed no-compete handshake agreement between QT and 7-11 keeping QT out of OKC makes more sense to me than Cal’s theory.

      Occam’s razor.


      1. Doesn’t matter whose razor these guys use, Occam’s or something more complex, cutthroats they are which is why neither 7-11 nor QT wanted the tribes to mature and become competitive.

        I remember well the days when the QT lobbyist practically ran the minority leader’s office while a tribal chief couldn’t get in the door, let alone see the leader. Access is everything at the capitol and money via contributions bought access. QT had it, tribes didn’t and now the roles are reversed .


      2. They weren’t even around at the same time. College ages don’t add up


  23. I have preferred 7-Eleven over OnCue. They pay their employees a living wage, prices are a bit cheaper, and you never have to wait for some jackass to finish their lottery purchase. I don’t care that the stores are “out of date” because I could care less when buying a pop and gas. But if the national chain is coming in and goes through with pay cuts and the lottery then I guess OnCue gets the nod…


  24. Everyone is speculating about the drinks and lottery tickets but the wage cuts are tragic and unforgivable. OKC should be protesting but life will go on while poor people become poorer. Awful..


    1. Well, they could go to work for OnCue and make more than our teachers…


  25. To heck will 7-11 or QT. I want a BUCEES!!!


    1. 89th & Portland, across from the Amazon torture chambers, or is the city hellbent on building hotels there?


  26. I’m pretty disappointed in this. I feel like 7-Eleven, like the store look or not, has been a deflationary force for the city. Their prices have been very much the same for over 20 years. They also paid their employees well, and didn’t do lottery to prevent them from being robbed due to lottery requirements of having to be able to cash up to $400 winning tickets. There’s also something lost when local businesses are absorbed into larger corporate structures. The first cuts will be to the executive team to ring out synergies: accounting, COO, distribution. Anything not dependent on localization. Then, they cut front-line pays. Those profits are then used to pay for their purchase of the company and forwarded up the corporate structure to Japan.


  27. This really is terrible news. If you have not visited a 7-Eleven store in Texas then you will not realize how wonderful our stores are. I visit some of the 7-Eleven stores in Texas regularly hoping that they have improved, but they have not. I believe comments earlier that current Oklahoma City employees would receive pay cuts. The employees in the Texas stores reflect minimum wage employment. The stores are dirty and they smell. We love our Oklahoma City stores, and really hate to see this happening


  28. Those QTs and OnCues all look the same to me. I thought the OnCues were just OKC QT spin-offs until I went to look at their employment sites. The new 7-11 in Moore was a nice move, since the May 3rd tornado wiped out the old one. I thought they might be redoing a lot of them after that, but change has been almost non-existent. I believe there a few more, at least one on NW Expressway. I remember when they had the sliding glass doors and the open store front.


  29. remember 70s throwing the Oklahoma journal at 7 11 about 5am would get hot Dennis Donuts and a carton of towlny milk oh and the night shift guy would sell us cigs!!! lol those were the days


  30. FROM MY NOVEL IN PROGRESS:

    Another midnight to eight shift. I was lost in thought, wondering how in the hell I was going to afford to buy stock in OnCue on my shitty salary when I happened to glimpse three guys in hoodies walking across the parking lot, hands in pockets, heading for the door.

    Uh-oh. A very hot August night, and hoodies? Hoods pulled up? Hands in pockets? This only added up if your answer to the unasked question was: stickup imminent.

    I opened the cash register, pulled out all the cash, and placed it in a small paper bag. I knew the drill.

    The three guys burst in, each producing a small pistol. One guy walked up, pointed his piece at me, and growled: “The money, motherfucker.”

    “Way ahead of you, Mr. Rogers.” I slid the bag full o’ cash across the counter. “Ain’t it a wonderful night in the neighborhood? What else can I help you gentlemen with?”

    They left without a word. I exhaled and called the boss. “We’re gonna need some cash,” I said. “I suddenly ran out.”

    What I didn’t tell him was, I’d slipped a fifty out of the drawer and into my pocket as I was filling my “customers” paper bag. I was one step closer to buying that OnCue stock.

    I reasoned if Warren Buffet could figure this shit out, so could I.


  31. FROM MY NOVEL IN PROGRESS:

    Another midnight to eight shift at Ye Olde 7-11 (emphasis on “olde.”) I was lost in thought, wondering how in the hell I was going to afford to buy stock in OnCue on my shitty salary when I happened to glimpse three guys in hoodies walking across the parking lot, hands in pockets, heading for the door.

    Uh-oh. A very hot August night, and hoodies? Hoods pulled up? Hands in pockets? This only added up if your answer to the unasked question was: stickup imminent.

    I opened the cash register, pulled out all the cash, and placed it in a small paper bag. I knew the drill.

    The three guys burst in, each producing a small pistol. One guy walked up, pointed his piece at me, and growled: “The money, motherfucker.”

    “Way ahead of you, Mr. Rogers.” I slid the bag full o’ cash across the counter. “Ain’t it a wonderful night in the neighborhood? What else can I help you gentlemen with?”

    They left without a word. I exhaled and called the boss. “We’re gonna need some cash,” I said. “I suddenly ran out.”

    What I didn’t tell him was, I’d slipped a fifty out of the drawer and into my pocket as I was filling my “customers” paper bag. I was one step closer to buying that OnCue stock.

    I reasoned if Warren Buffet could figure this shit out, so could I.


  32. 7-Eleven in Oklahoma was once a beloved local company ran by the patriarch Mr. Brown. Unfortunately when he handed it off to his crook, money gobbling greedy asshole of a son, Jim Brown, he ran the business into the ground. They have been barely surviving since QT made a name for us. I remember growing up going to my local 7-Eleven and it was a treat. Now the rates of crime, mismanagement, and horrible treatment of employees it’s no wonder people aren’t sad to see it handed off. Good luck to the new ownership, but as for me and my family we would never set foot in one again. If I ran out of gas in front of a 7-Eleven I would push my car to the next closest gas station doesn’t matter the miles.


    1. Interviewed for an IT position there once a few years ago, it was all put together with bubblegum and popsicle sticks. The UNIX guy wasn’t around to interview me, but the Windows guy said he was horrible, kept all his info to himself, and basically said to run and never look back. So yeah, horrible in all aspects, from store to back office (which was disorganized, cluttered, old, and just was in crappy shape).


    2. Never been a more accurate description of Jim Brown. Second generation business owner, first generation asshole.


  33. I thought the no compete agreement was between On Cue and QuikTrip. You won’t find the two in each other’s market.


  34. ”I tried calling the Central Oklahoma 7-Eleven corporate office earlier this morning to confirm the report, but their phone lines were not connecting. Curious, huh?”

    Simmer down. We have issues with our phones every month.


  35. As someone from the Tulsa area, I say QT and on-cue are eerily similar. Same colors, same font, store layouts, the taking over every corner lot they can find…. it seems as if QT has been here a while!


  36. Complaining about what another customer ahead of you in line wants to buy or needs?
    That’s a dick move, your time isn’t more important than anyone else’s. Get over yourself already.


  37. One thing to keep in mind is that 7-Eleven being locally owned has benefited more than just those that are employed by 7-Eleven as owned and operated by the Brown family. Since the 1950’s the Brown family has spent countless dollars with other locally owned businesses. Local service companies like plumbers, HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and general contractors. Other local people that work for vendors supplying goods to every store in the OKC area. Many local families, not just employees have been provided for by the work performed for the Brown family. 7-Eleven as we know it in OKC is involved with charitable organizations, such as MDA and Habitat for Humanity. Some things may stay the same with our local 7-Eleven stores, but you know some things will definitely change. Only time will tell if the new corporate structure of the OKC 7-Eleven stores will affect all of these other locally owned/operated business and their families. I know for a fact that my family has benefited from the Brown family doing business locally and I am grateful for that. There are others that have benefited from the work the Brown family has provide. Come on, speak up and let all of the negative people making comments know there are more people that benefited from a locally owned 7-Eleven than that whom have been affected negatively.


    1. You really expect the national chain just to upend all the relations the OKC stores have with plumbers, HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and general contractors, suppliers, vendors, etc.? All of a sudden they’re going to go to a national company for all of those? Maybe, but I doubt it.


  38. Now I can use my 7-11 app on my phone in Oklahoma.


  39. Convenience stores are the hottest topic in months? I don’t get it.


  40. If you really want a story and pull your head out OGLE, drive of Kelly from Northwest extension and count the close gas stations/convenience stores. 1 on 150th. 1 on 15th, another further up, Valero in trouble then thev7/11. Once is killing all and turning into Monopoly in the area.


  41. Yeah, 7 eleven dallas will keep the newest stores open, sell the other properties to qt. Figured that would have happened earlier. I do not blame the browns it’s just the way things work these days. A good gig while it lasted. Props to the overworked managers and to old 7 eleven for taking care of their employees way back providing health benefits etc. In 2003 that they gave every manager 1000 dollars for each year of service.
    Downside was no paid time off, you lost money for being sick.
    It also sucked when no one came in at 11pm to relieve you, and not having a key couldn’t leave until someone came in at 7.


  42. SLURPEE


  43. I am an UBER driver and this past summer or maybe late spring, 2019, I gave a ride from a downtown hotel to 2 or 3 business people. They had me drive them to several different 7-Eleven locations in central OKC. They spoke to the staff and went around taking pictures inside and outside of the store at each location we visited. I assumed they were some higher up corporate type of people that worked for 7-Eleven and were just checking in on stores assessing, etc. I’m not sure what their purpose was exactly. Maybe it had to do with this purchase and it was the Dallas corporate people scouting out certain OKC locations. There was a phone call made saying they would be checking out more locations later and they were referring to the locations by their store numbers. They had me take them back to the hotel I’d picked them up from after we had visited 3 or 4 7-Eleven locations. Seeing this story reminded me of that particular ride I gave…


  44. I think 7-11 in OKC has probably had a large drop in business since OnCue showed up. Even with the new 7-11’s being built, OnCue stores are still bigger and better with drive thru windows and the entire parking area under an awning. The only thing 7-11 has that OnCue doesn’t is some sandwiches, burritos etc.. are a dollar. I’m sure those will disappear when the Dallas based Southland Corporation takes over. Maybe someday Buc-ee’s will come to Oklahoma with their 100 gas pumps and 15 toilet/40 urinal restrooms under a football field sized store!


  45. Just saying they’ve always sold condoms at 7-Eleven


    1. Those were party balloons.


  46. I live in Shawnee and we don’t have a 7-11. I know It’s because of an agreement many years ago with the quick trips here. I wonder if that will change?


  47. Brought back memories…


  48. This is actually more heartbreaking than people understand. The Oklahoma 7 elevens paid a livable wage, starting out around $14/hr, great and affordable health benefits, 401k matching and profit sharing, paid vacation, Christmas bonuses handed out at an actual Christmas party. It truly was a family ran company that people in our communities could actually make into a career and retirement with little to no education. Selling out to the national chain will mean a great deal to a great many of these employees. As a Natural born Californian I am excited for slurpees, but as a transplanted Oklahoman my heart is a little broken for this loss.


  49. Talk about slow…. https://oklahoman.com/article/5652572/7-eleven-inc-announces-acquisition-of-7-eleven-stores-in-central-oklahoma

    The Reason TLO is The Number 1 Insider News Source and Reliable as Frank the Pug.


  50. I Hope the change will bring back the Slurpee…. What the hell is an icee?

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