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All The Brands And Companies That Used To Be Known By A Different Name

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7-Eleven is a super clever name. It used to have an equally clever, albeit slightly problematic, name.

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Before it became 7-Eleven, the chain of convenience stores was actually called Tote’m. Why? Glad you asked! Apparently the name was inspired by the way customers toted away their purchases. As a play on the name, many of the stores even had Alaskan totem poles displayed outside of the stores (we told you it was slightly problematic…). But in 1946, the company changed the name of the stores to 7-Eleven to reflect the hours of operation: they were open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

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