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.'"