I have been to the Canadian Kwik-E-Mart.

To promote The Simpsons Movie, 20th Century Fox and 7-Eleven have changed 12 of the latter company’s convenience stores into Kwik-E-Marts. One of those stores just happens to be in Canada. And the Canadian store just happens to be in nearby Coquitlam. And a friend of mine just happened to work a few shifts in that store during the winter of ’88-’89 — after the Simpsons debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show in ’87, but before they launched their own half-hour series with a Christmas special in ’89. (Yes, the show is really that old.) So naturally, he and I had to go check it out.

Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly.

And click here for a set of photos that we took to commemorate our trip — indeed, our pilgrimage — to the Kwik-E-Mart.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05192245958769676651 P. Little

    I understand that the lower mainland is a MUCH bigger market, but the Canadian Kwik-E-Mart totally should’ve been set up here, in the Slurpee Capital of the World. 😉

    That’s a wild line-up, by the way! Hope it was a cool experience. Did you buy a Buzz Cola and some Krusty-Os?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11340006144797496514 RC

    yea…i’m so glad you went! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Alas, I think the store might have been sold out of Buzz Colas and Krusty-O’s — we did look for them, but couldn’t find them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    Good times…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14666748859371842927 Torpesco

    Great video & photos. :)

    I saw Krusty-O’s in a 7-Eleven at YVR last night. Should’ve bought some…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15729167937433295927 Geosomin

    Aw. you went without me?
    Some of those photos are hilarious…the Byrun likes his donut – fr some reason it’s my favorite :)