Take a quick look at the picture above. Notice anything strange? Perceptive readers may have spotted something out-of-place right away. If you didn’t, well, no worries, but you’ll probably want to facepalm yourself when you take a second look.
Like this Chinese “7-Twelve,” there are a number of fake, localized versions of popular convenience store 7-Eleven scattered throughout the Asian continent. They may think they can slip through the cracks, but perhaps it’s only a matter of time before a lawyer comes knocking at their doors. We have to hand it to them, though–they score high on creativity for coming up with some amusing names.
Let’s take a look at some photographic evidence of the various 7-Eleven wannabes out there.
You may not have guessed it, but our first offender is actually from none other than Japan! Err, was, that is–this particular store is no longer in business.
“7-Mercy” apparently opened during the latter years of the Showa Era (1926-1989) somewhere in Miyagi Prefecture. We certainly did a double take the first time we glanced at the store’s logo:
Ironically, there’s now a real 7-Eleven located right across the street:
Moving on to China, we’re once again almost, but not quite, fooled by the familiar-looking red and green logo. Perhaps someone was trying to make a statement by one-upping the number eleven? At least they spelled it right…
Here we’ve got the presumably less-convenient “9-One.” We wonder what the significance of the numbers “nine” and “one” is…
If you travel further south in Asia, you can find a mini-mart in the guise of “7-Days.”
Does the name “7-Bright” suggest that it’s only open when there’s still light outside? Or that the shop workers will greet you with bright smiles? Perhaps only intelligent people can shop here…
Although the sign reads “7-Eleven,” the merchandise being sold there appears to be fitting only for some kind of school festival.
Here’s a new one–how would you like to waste the night away at the “7-Eleven Dance Bar”?
South Korea (Dongdaemun district, Seoul):
Finally, we have this “7-Seven” mart located in a popular Korean tourist area. While lacking the chain’s distinctive red and green stripes, the design of the numeral “7” still comes a little too close to the real thing.
Has anyone seen any other fake 7-Elevens out there during their travels around the globe? We’re sure there’s a whole slew of counterfeit shops for other popular chains, such as McDonald’s and Starbucks, as well.