Last Thursday, the 987th new 7-Eleven opened in the area, this one on Delancey at Suffolk, as BoweryBoogie reported.
Today, The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the convenience store's continued aggressive push into the city.
In the 1990s, it was the Gap and Starbucks, and in the new century, Dunkin' Donuts and Subway sandwich shops have sprouted on what seems like every corner. Now 7-Eleven, the Dallas-based company that bills itself as the world's largest convenience retailer, is positioning itself to take on New York. It has plans to open 30 new outlets over the next five years, making it among the city's fastest-growing chains.
A staple of suburbia, 7-Eleven now has about 100 stores across the five boroughs, according to a list compiled by the company, with at least a dozen more expected to open by year's end.
It has grown 72% between 2008 and 2012, according to Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the nonprofit Center for an Urban Future, ranking it among the five fastest-growing retailers with 50 or more stores in the city.
And what does these mean for the city's existing deli and bodega owners? Doom. A deli owner on Eighth Avenue said that his business has been cut in half in the month since a new 7-Eleven opened near his shop. "It is the first retailer that could pose a direct threat to one of the idiosyncrasies of New York City: its thousands of corner bodegas and mom-and-pop green grocers," writes Sumathi Reddy.
Back to the article:
A similar refrain is heard in the East Village. Near a two-month-old 7-Eleven close to the once counterculture corner of St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue, bodega owners say they saw an instant hit to their bottom line when the store opened, with sales decreasing on everything from coffee and soda to hot dogs.
"We are trying to do different things," said the owner of Gem Spa, across the street. "We have to add. We are thinking of adding something. We don't know what to add."
We don't need Zoltar outside Gem Spa to tell us what the future will hold here if people continue to take their business to 7-Eleven across the street.
For further reading:
7-11 Zombification (Jeremiah's Vanishing New York)
Previously on EV Grieve:
A quick East Village 7-Eleven inventory
7-Eleven to complete suburbification of East 14th Street
7-Eleven alert: Are 2 chain stores replacing Bar on A and Angels & Kings?