PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Convenience store 7-Eleven announced that they are canceling their annual free Slurpee day due to the coronavirus.
It’s the first time in nearly 20-years that the store has had to cancel it’s 7-Eleven day on July 11.READ MORE: 'We've Missed Our Guests So Much:' Theaters Reopening In The Cultural District Brings Sense Of Normalcy
There are more than a dozen stores in the Pittsburgh area.
Since 2002, the store annually gave out free Slurpees on July 11 to celebrate the day.READ MORE: The Search For Kodiak, The National Aviary's Steller's Sea Eagle, Continued On Sunday
“At 7-Eleven, our top priority is the safety of customers, franchisees, and employees,” 7-Eleven Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Marissa Jarratt said in a news release. “Gathering nine million of our closest friends in stores on one day just didn’t feel right.”
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The store also says that in order to let customers celebrate in a safe and responsible way, they will be giving customers a free medium Slurpee coupon into members 7Rewards loyalty accounts that can be redeemed during the month of July.