Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First sign of the incoming 7-Eleven on Avenue A

For a few months now, people have been talking about the 7-Eleven coming to the corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street... in the space previously occupied by Bar on A and Angels & Kings... workers even told residents as much.

Still, despite plenty of evidence, nothing at the DOB actually said 7-Eleven. (There was mention of a "convenience store.")


On this topic... a reminder about tonight's meeting where the supersize 7-Eleven is sure to be discussed...

Block Association Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm
@ Father's Heart Ministries
545 E 11th St

Anyone living on 11th Street is a member of the 11th Street A-B-C Block Association.


Anonymous said...

11th & A went from being one of the nicest sections of the EV to becoming the 9th Gate to Hell.
Time to get out of there.

glamma said...

Hats off to all those protesting against the chain invasion of the east village.
Vaya con dios!!

Anonymous said...

Sign of the devil.

Richard D. James said...

what can we do to stop this store or the chain opening more stores in NYC in general?

(genuinely asking)

BagelGuy said...

You have nothing to worry about. This 7-eleven will be shut down within a year of its opening date. I'm going to embarrass them. It will be ugly Mr Depinto.

VH McKenzie said...

@bagelguy -- let me know whatever I can do to help.

I've lived on 11th btw A and B since the late 80's (yeah, some still consider me a newcomer) and the very last thing I'd like to see on my corner is this abomination.

I'm thinking an organized boycott wouldn't hurt.

Who's with me?

Anonymous said...

Living on this block, I assure you that I will never shop here. Ever. I'm sure the vast majority of my neighbors won't either.

That being said, I'm not as confident as BagelGuy that this place will shut down. Most of its business will come from people not from the EV (or even from NY). The 7Eleven on St. Marks is doing well enough to stay open. So is the one next to iHop. And 7Elevens are one of the most profitable franchises in the country, taking hold almost wherever they're opened. We may be in for a long haul waiting for this place to close.

There are things you can do, however, if you want to see this place close.
1) Never shop here.
2) Shame neighbors who do at the expense of neighborhood establishments.
3) Inform others in our community, including passersby looking for cigarettes, of other nearby options. Protesting on the sidewalk with a sign and list of other places to shop would be an excellent move, if you're really committed.
4) Check up on this place once it's open. Are they unsanitary? Selling alcohol to minors? Otherwise being bad neighbors? If so, call 311 and take five minutes to report it.
5) Complain to the New Yorkers helping bring this to our neighborhood; ask them to refuse business from 7Eleven and its franchisees. Some emails available from the permits include the NY area architects involved in the project Vincent Benic [primary] (VINCE@VBARCH.COM), Richard Wainer (RICHARDWAINER@AOL.COM), Brent Porter (718-789-5426), and Alkesh Shah (ASHAH.AGS@GMAIL.COM), the people involved in permit acquisition for the building permits (JOEY@JMZONING.COM) and the sign (RICHSIGNPERMITS@OPTONLINE.NET), and the people in AR kindly helping 7Eleven remodel like Lawrence Lott, Greg Schluterman, Llyod M. Elrod (TERESA.CLARK@HFA-AE.COM), and Laura Muller (LAURA.MULLER@HFA-AE.COM) all at Harrison French & Associates. Complain to all of these people, at these email addresses that they've made part of the public record, that you don't the business they're working for and politely request that they stop.

VH McKenzie said...

thanks Anonymous 9:34 --- WILL DO!

Marty Wombacher said...

Give 'em hell, Bagel Guy, 7-Eleven doesn't sell bloggerly-named sandwiches! Shop local, everyone!

BagelGuy said...

They can be beaten

Anonymous said...

There's a couple of long time bodegas right across the street -- shop there.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

@ Richard D. James

San Fransisco requires all chain stores to get special approval before trying to enter any city neighborhoods. See this for more. Google "San Fransisco chain stores" for even more info.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know, how locals in the area protested other establishments of this nature and, if so, any results?

Jill said...

Maybe we can all chip in and buy the franchise for this location and then run it into the ground. It seems they build them out first and then find a buyer.