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WINNIPEG, Canada – As 7-Eleven prepares to commemmorate 85 years in the convenience store industry, 7-Eleven stores in Manitoba, Canada, have an extra reason to celebrate: the chain has crowned it the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 13th year in a row, reported the Winnipeg Sun.
Manitoba won the honor for having the highest average number of Slurpee cups sold per store in a region, which is either a province or a single city depending on its population. Calgary, Alberta, and Detroit came in second and third place respectively this year.
“It’s always a close battle but ultimately it’s a friendly one in North America," said Tim Donegan, vice president for 7-Eleven Canada. “That said, we want to keep first place in Canada."
New store openings may help the province keep its crown next year; a 7-Eleven location on Portage Ave. and Rouge Street in Winnipeg reopened last month, and a new store is scheduled to open inside the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport this fall.
Dallas, Texas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 9,300 7-Eleven stores in North America.