Not sure at this time what happened here at the 7-Eleven on St. Mark's Place... EVG friend Bonnie DeWitt sent these along this evening...
The window here was also smashed last April...
Anyone know what happened here tonight?
A clerk said that a "crazy street person" tossed what looked like a small weight or chunk of metal at the window. (The store has the object in its possession now.) No word on what led to the window attack.
i sure don't want 7-11 to open here
but i am totally against window smashing and any type of violence
Probably that anarchist Kita the wonder dog!
I'm sure it will win over many supporters!
I agree with you blue glass but I can't say I'm upset that it happened.
All of this head spinning over the ongoing Mallification of NYC is rather funny.
He's glad that it happened?!
Don't expect people to respect your personal property, if you don't respect others.
i'm with blue glass. this type of thuggery is both stupid and dangerous. someone could have gotten hurt.
why is it so bad to have a 7-11 when you have so many pretentious stores/cafes around here, vastly overpriced and overrated? the way i see it is that some folks want to shop at 7-11. let them. and some of you would buy a $3 cupcake from some trendy little shop.good for you.
i've seen plenty since the mid-80s when i moved here and change is just inevitable.
This was not done by the NO 7-Eleven group -- just so you
know. Although I think the form of expression is extreme,
I can feel this guy's pain.
So nobody got hurt? Good. Move on, nothing to see here.
anonymous 1:11 - the "pretentious stores/cafes around here, vastly overpriced and overrated" are not corporate giants.
they do not temporarily reduce their prices to force out local competition.
while expensive they do not have the resources for a price war with the locals, nor do they need to.
when the locals are priced out you (and i) will be forced to choose between an artisinal, sustainable, gourmet, locavore or a large-scale conglomerate for your coffee and bagel, or a quart of milk.
i hate to use such terms, but there is a real class war going on in new york and money is winning.
The window of St. Mark's Market (by where James Bond lives) was smashed in a similar manner a few months back. Sadly it's a part of doing business around here, whether you are 7-11 or not.
All I know is that 7-Elevens are operated and franchised to individual business-owners. They are not run by corporate giants, and to vandalize a store like this is just a shame.
Why would anyone risk hurting or killing someone, and risk getting arrested for property damage, when the 7-Eleven did nothing illegal? They signed a lease at a vacant property. They've donated to a couple of local schools and charities. They deliver for free. They even give coffee for free with any purchase. Their prices are much lower than the market down the street, and judging from other 7-Eleven's in Manhattan, their low prices are not just a temporary new-store gimmick. The stores that are uptown are thriving because of their low prices.
The store is always spotless, and the manager and staff are very friendly. I was talking to the manager after this vandalism, and he said he is planning an in-store get-together with a local musician that lives in the village, and will offer free coffee to those that attend.
I do not understand why everyone is OK with Chipotle, Pinkberry, Starbucks, and others on the block, but have a problem with the only huge corporation that actually has competitive prices. Strange!
PS - if you run them out of town, who is going to take over this space on St Marks place? a 3-dollar cupcake joint? Another tattoo parlor? another bar?
I think having a 7-Eleven on the block actually gives the area something it needs - a friendly, inexpensive place to pick up some random items.
You do know 7-11's are individually owned & operated, just like all the other establishments you mention... Right?
If enough people in the neighborhood don't like and consequently don't patronize them, then they will close just like any other business would.
Smash them all, and including all those woooo bars.
At Anon January 27, 2013 at 3:21 PM
All I know is that 7-Elevens are operated and franchised to individual business-owners. They are not run by corporate giants
Not true at all. Individual 7-11s are owned by BOTH 7-11 corporate AND by the franchisee. The 7-11 franchisee is more store manager than owner.
Are the pro-7-11 folks implying that this "crazy street person" was somehow acting in accord with the Ave A anti-7-11 group?
I find that very hard to believe.
The "they're just franchisees" argument rings pretty hollow in the context of these type of establishment's effect on the community.
Drug dealers are typically just franchisees as well, I don't welcome them to sling on my block.
You do know 7-11's are individually awful... Right?
there is a larger point to this then the 7-11 - it is the displacement of long-term, family-run, stores providing neighborhood goods and services. And it is not a new issue.
Think about what is no longer here and what replaced them.
While Chipotle, Pinkberry, Starbucks, et al are chains, what service did they replace?
When 7-11 replaces the small bodegas and delis you will not have a choice of where to buy your milk, bread or inexpensive cup of coffee.
That' the difference.
I do not welcome ANY BIG CHAIN over a neighborhood shop. 7-11 has been chosen because enough folks decided enough is enough.
There are not enough people in this neighborhood that have the energy to keep fighting, many here are transient students.
7-11 is no worse then Duane Reade. It's a matter of timing.
From the No 7-Eleven Facebook page:
"We want to make it clear this window smashing was a random act of violence and had absolutely NOTHING to do with our group. We do not support or condone violence of any kind. Thank you."
Wow Anon 321, are you serious?
They signed a lease at a vacant property? You mean a property that another business was pushed out of b/c of corporate chains and investors pushing rents to astronomical levels? Donated to schools? That's called a PR move to polish your image. Great prices? Sorry their prices are higher than most bodegas and they sell mostly junk and food that sits under heat lamps for hours on end. Oh but there is free coffee once in a while- that is a marketing strategy to get people in the door so you can get them to shop at your store. And they may be franchises but they are owned by a multinational company who has an aggressive strategy to "target" all of NYC and push out small businesses with the help of Bloomberg. Soda ban for the super big gulp? Nope! How convenient indeed.
All the workers at that 7-11 were replaced with new ones yesterday. They don't treat their employees very well
Good. F*CK 7-11 trying to take over the east village and push out our mom & pops with their corporate poison. They're a cancer on the neighborhood.
@Anonymous 8:04 - not surprising in the least. Years ago I worked corporate (the shame - oh the shame!) and when it comes to canning people it doesn't matter how long you've been there or what you've done or how good you are - you're gone. It's all numbers on paper to them. It was said that the staff in there was nice - if that is true I feel for them.
That all being said - FUCK 7-11 - GET OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!!
I just went in to the 7-Eleven and saw the same employees I always see.
I started to talk to them and asked them who was fired and why. They told me nobody was fired -
Are we sure that everything that's written here in the chat line is true? I recognize the same faces I always see, and they told me that nobody was fired. There were 2 people LAST MONTH that stopped working - 1 because she went to college and was only looking for part-time work through Christmas, and the other because he just stopped showing up for work. Besides for that, everyone is the same.
I understand if people do not like the 711 opening on st marks place, but let's keep it real. The employees are all there and they all speak highly of their manager.
I have a friend who worked there until yesterday. He was visiting and told us his entire group had been fired. That's as much as I know about it.
Anyone who shops at a 7-Eleven be it for cost or convenience or anti-communism, lacks imagination and should really think hard about hyper local alternatives that support the people and families and children who will indeed be ill-served by the 7-Elevens invading our community with their toxic goods. this includes everyone we will accost in front of the store when it opens. we will welcome you move to battery park or arizona and, thus, to fuck off.
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