Thursday, June 13, 2013

[Updated] Report: No 7-Eleven now for Avenue A?



Work has seemingly grinded to a halt in the storefront on Avenue A and East 11th Street that workers were fitting for a 7-Eleven.

A tipster told this to the No 7-Eleven blog yesterday:

I asked the contractor very pointedly whether it would be a 7-Eleven. He said that originally he had expected it would be a 7-Eleven, but now he has no idea anymore. He’s just constructing a white box. About a week later I asked one of the construction workers. He said it wouldn’t be a 7-Eleven because of all the local protests.

A reliable neighborhood source told us that the newish landlord, the Kushner Companies, believes they can get more rent for the prime East Village corner than what a 7-Eleven would bring.

Meanwhile, the 7-Eleven franchise page (PDF) still shows a September opening date for the location... though the store is still without an owner.

Updated 2:45 p.m.

Margaret Chabris, the corporate communications director at 7-Eleven, told Billy Gray at the Commercial Observer "that reports of the swiftly expanding convenience chain moving on from 500 East 11th Street were based 'purely [on] hearsay and speculation.'"

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

O great, another bar...

shmnyc said...

All of the protests? Stickers? Wow.

This would be a good time for N7E to step to the plate and advocate for a community center, or a daycare center, or any of the other items on their wheel of fortune.

Anonymous said...

what people do not realize is that the building is building out TWO store fronts

and the rumor has been starbucks is going in the other spot

noone has mentioned this posibility

EV Grieve said...

@ anon 8:49

I reported that last Sept. 19. The link is included in the first sentence of this post.

http://evgrieve.com/2012/09/7-eleven-alert-are-2-chain-stores.html

I heard that rumor from day 1 — 2 chain stores. That space is too big for just 1 7-11.

kfbeau said...

I hope this is true and would restore my faith in the power of bad press generated by those that had the passion to protest and make a big stink about this space. The new landlord my still be looking a chain to occupy this space or spaces but I am not convince this part of the EV has the population density to attract a high traffic loving business. Time will tell.

Gojira, Proud No 7-11 Supporter said...

@shmnyc - So then why don't you get off your a** and and join us in advocating for something that will actually benefit the neighborhood, rather than just sitting on it and sniping at us because, unlike you, we put actions where our words are?

Anonymous said...

Well, for today that's good news. I 'll guess we'll see what the reality is down the road.

Big Brother said...

Gojira, it's always easier to tell people what they should do for the greater good of the community than it is to participate in the change they'd like to see.

Anonymous said...

Frankly, I don't think the 7-11s (at least the ones around "downtown") are doing to well.
Maybe New York is smarter than I thought.

Shawn G. Chittle said...

Kushner (I call him "Douchener") thinks he can get more than $30,000 a month? LOL!

Oh speaking of Douchener, he owns the Diablo Royale space and they are trying to rent that space for $18,000 a month.

It remains empty to this day.

Anonymous said...

There's not enough foot traffic on the corner to generate $30K+ a month from junk food.

Anonymous said...

While we have Margaret's attention can she tell us why this corner has looked like such shit since 7-Eleven became involved with the retail space???

shmnyc said...

Gojira,

Join you? Why, are you coming apart?

Seriously though, I've written enough about my disagreements with N7E that you should know I'm not going you join.

Gojira said...

You're a real laugh riot, shmnyc - and here I thought vaudeville was dead. You yourself say "This would be a good time for N7E to step to the plate and advocate for a community center, or a daycare center" - well, fine, so if we advocate FOR these things, then why would you find the notion of yoking yourself to our advocacy (since the word "join" seems to throw you for such a loop you become incoherent) so abhorrent? I mean, seriously?

Anonymous said...

smdh, who said you have to "join" any group to advocate for a community-based service in this location?

Anonymous said...

Gojira, I hate to say it but that's all the wit he's capable of. Read his blog. Or as I call it "Dull dishwater in text form."

shmnyc said...

Anonymous 7:35 PM: That's completely untrue! I'm very witty!

Gojira: I'm already involved in a number of other projects, and I don't think I could give much time to N7E, but if they were to change the things I've been critical of in the past, I could at very least write long, favorable pieces about them on Quilas.

rob said...

Demanding a day care would be good, especially with a landlord everyone is watching carefully.

I can't tell whether Chabris is confidently throwing down the gauntlet -- since she hasn't seen growing opposition lately -- or the corporation can't back down for fear of encouraging other neighborhoods to oppose.

In any case, I was surprised that the contractor knew all about the protests. Don't know whether it was the early media attention, the social media, the persistent chalkings, or just the word around the construction site. But he was emphatic about the role of the protests when I spoke to him.

I doubt 7-Eleven wants negative press amidst an aggressive expansion campaign. But that's only true if the controversy and noise keep up.

Anonymous said...

See, you don't always have to just accept it. Vote with your feet. It works.