When I visited any foreign country be it Bangkok, Taipei or NYC, I must try to visit their 7-Elevens for sure. The calling is so strong that I must take a peek at their local outlets as if you could see their whole country inside 1 store. Being in the creative industry, I enjoy seeing their packaging's colours, designs and layout blah blah... I remembered spending a few hours holed up inside the 7-Eleven store in Bangkok, having a chat, drink and instant noodle supper as well. Those who sat with me just freaked out & screamed at my crazy interest.
I went to Taiwan several times and once had a Datuk's chauffeur drive me from the north tip city of Keeliung, to down south at Kaoshiung city, passing through Taipei, Tainan and Taichung. Wow! I had never seen so many 7-Elevens everywhere in my life!!
Sometimes there were two 7-eleven outlets facing each other on the same street in Taiwan! I learnt that the Taiwanese patronize these outlets for all their daily needs which also provide extras like DHL services, Pay household bills, college exam booklets, free cab service & lots more.
I found out that Taiwan has the 2nd most number of 7 Elevens in the world if you calculate by its density of 8.5km2 a store. The leading is Hong Kong but then the total number in Taiwan is higher than HKG's... If you compare with US, they have more 7-Elevens which are located miles apart from each other. So in short, these outlets are plenty at sight in Taiwan. It's their way of life, to depend on 7-Elevens where it is a lucrative business and their size of outlets are sometimes very big! They even outsource their door mats to be changed by a cleaner service who changes them every morning. Amazing Taiwan!