Don't blink; don't rub your eyes; don't run to fetch your specks. You're seeing correctly. Yup, this is a 7-11 store, all boarded up and ready for demolition.
As a child who came of age in Dallas in the late-'60s & '70s, we knew 7-11 because it was our hometown store. Slurpee, that Syrupy Sweet, Nitrogen-Laced Concoction that has captured our imaginations & our taste-buds for so long now, is the Franchise Player, so-to-speak, for the chain, which first opened its doors in Big D in 1927.
Slurpee recently turned 40, with much to-do and lots o' free Slurps all 'round. With a 7-11 on practically every corner in our neighborhood, at least, we thought the company was doing well. Even though the chain is owned by a Japanese company now, we know deep down in our little ol' pea-pickin' hearts that as Slurpee goes, so goes 7-11. And with Slurpee's Great Celebrity, the only direction we imagine that would be is up!
So, do ya think the recent development pictured here is a harbinger of things to come? Has the economy gotten so bad out there that The Home of The Slurpee has fallen on hard times, too? Perhaps this should be a question at the upcoming Presidential Debates between Johnny Mac & his opponent, the Man They Call B.O.
Don't tell the folks up in Winnepeg, Manitoba about these dire straits. This chilly Canandian burg was just named the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 9th time. Who'da thunk?