Tuesday, January 11, 2011

7-Eleven set to feast on the corpse of Manhattan


In the above photo, 7-Eleven is in place on Third Avenue near 20th Street... directly next to a mom-and-pop market... Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from Adrianne Pasquarelli's piece in Crain's ... in which the Slurpee Slingers are planning to, basically, take over Manhattan...

7-Eleven is taking Manhattan by storm. The Dallas-based convenience store operator recently opened two outposts in Murray Hill and has signed leases for another two locations elsewhere in the borough.

“We are actively looking,” said Margaret Chabris, public relations director for 83-year-old 7-Eleven Inc., noting that New York is a key growth market. The company, which has several additional leases out for negotiation in Manhattan, is also moving onto college campuses and airports.

By the end of 2012, 7-Eleven plans to have between 15 and 20 Manhattan locations, according to real estate sources. In the next five years, the company aims to operate 100 outposts here.

“There are more attractive locations available now than there were in the past, and this is due to the recession," Ms. Chabris said. "A lot of small businesses are having a tough time growing, or some of them aren't able to renew leases."

Part of the company's new strategy involves a small-business conversion program where existing mom-and-pop stores, convenience shops or bodegas transition their businesses into 7-Eleven franchise locations. Each outpost costs approximately $250,000 to remodel.

So far, the company has replaced old delis and DVD stores, and even a former Starbucks on Third Avenue.

Any bets on a 7-Eleven in the East Village ... as rumored last year...?

9 comments:

glamma said...

7 - Eleven - Listen up. You are a blight to the face of American business. 99.9% of the products you sell and UNHEALTHY and loaded with CARCINOGENS - eating food from 7-Eleven is basically eating poison. Your coffee is TERRIBLE and also laden with CHEMICALS THAT KILL PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM SICK. There is nothing neighborhoody about a capitalist-run, sharehlder-driven franchise that seeks to maximize profits at the expense of its customers HEALTH. We hate you. Stay the F*CK out of the East Village. This NEIGHBORHOOD is the REAL DEAL. We don't need you poisoning our communinity or our bodies, attracting the stupid, ignorant, middle-american FILTH that has positive associations with your DEATH BRAND, we don't want you killing or children OR our moms and pops. STAY THE F*XK OUT OF HERE. We're too smart to endorse your DEATH MACHINE here. F*CK OFF!

Anonymous said...

What Glamma said.

So.Fucking.Depressing.

Tom said...

While I realize they have pretty deep pockets to survive, I thought I would add that the new store on 3rd is like a ghost town. Especially at night on my walks with the pooch, I frequently note no one inside but the clerks.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like a good deal for the former bodega owners/operators either: $250,000 to remodel a bodega and turn it into a 7-11? Are the slurpee machines coated in platinum?

Jennifer said...

Arnold Hatters on 8th Avenue was replaced by a 7-11.

Anonymous said...

While I appreciate a good rant like glamma's, don't most delis/bodegas/convenience stores offer the same crap?

Janos said...

There's one on the upper west side already, on Amsterdam Avenue. It's a real eye sore, but it's winning some people over with deals that are good even by deli standards.

Anonymous said...

It's understandable to be upset, but you said 'we're too smart to endorse your death machine"....well unfortunately, your community did not give the mom and pop stores, bodegas, etc enough business to stay alive, so it's your own fault....and seriously, it's not a gun/ammo shop, its a freaking 7-11, chill out! Yeah, capitalism sucks...but also saying that 3rd ave is the "real deal" is totally hilarious!!! Complain to your doorman while he holds the door for you on the way out this morning!

glamma said...

i don;t support chain stores. and i don;t have a doorman. and the fault lies with the city b/c there are no rent stabilization laws for businesses. no matter how much community support they get, the landlord holds all the cards. and the diff bet 7-11 and other delis is that 100% of 7-11 products are mass produced (probably over a year ago) and stored with chemicals and preservatives to keep them "fresh." this is how almost all chain restaurants etc work. wheras with delis, you can at least get a kaiser roll that was baked that morning in brooklyn. and in the city many of them have organic products. which 7-11 has none of. and hey. there is a reason why there are no walmarts in nyc. it IS b/c we are too smart. dumb@ss.