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 film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • 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 :)


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