Saturday, February 1, 2014

There is a Boycott 7-Eleven rally tomorrow


[Photo from the No 7-Eleven blog]

Via the EVG inbox…

Please join us for our weekly ‘Boycott 7-Eleven’ rally tomorrow, February 2nd, from 1-2PM at the corner of Avenue A and 11th Street.

In other 7-Eleven related news, the No 7-Eleven Blog had an update this past week about the fines that 7-Eleven and Westminster Management have incurred at 500 E. 11th St. regarding the store's illegally placed AC and refrigeration units — more than $17,000 to date. Workers installed the units back in September.

Granted $17,000 isn't anything for Westminster Management, a division of Kushner Companies, or 7-Eleven. (That's dinner at Masa for the gang!) But not doing anything about the situation seems to be going against 7-Eleven's "aim to win over the tough crowd."

Previously on EV Grieve:
3 new AC units at incoming 7-Eleven prompts Partial Stop Work Order

A Stop Work order at Avenue A's incoming 7-Eleven

Report: Another Stop Work Order for incoming 7-Eleven on Avenue A

A WHOOSHING AC unit update: 'We are roundly being ignored by 7-Eleven and Westminster NYC'

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with Saifee Hardware making my keys.

Anonymous said...

The LES has always been where immigrants resided. Chinatown, Little Italy, Jewish pockets, Blacks, Puerto Ricans, Poles, etc... Suddenly, the new people who have moved in want to decide what/who can come into the neighborhood. Remember the "East Village' is a subset of the LES! You almost make me miss the junkies, gangs, etc.. I used to live amongst.

Anonymous said...

A team of people sat in a room somewhere in Texas and got paid a butt load of money to dream up keys??? Could they be any more out of touch lol

Anonymous said...

So what's the deal with the illegally placed AC and refrigeration units that they are getting fined for? Is that it? Do they just get fined, or will they be forced to remove them? And if they have to remove them, can the store remain open? It doesn't seem so.

Anonymous said...

Oh please. This "battle" was lost YEARS ago when nobody said anything about the Subway shops and the McDonalds and the bank branches, etc.

So boycott away, but the fact is that the Village is now full of bro-hipsters who actually LIKE going there.

Anonymous said...

People keep mentioning keys here in the comments, but I don't see anything in the story about keys... unless I'm missing something...

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 12:16 - It isn't just the "new people" (as you say) who don't want 7-11 here. Also, the rest of your comment makes little sense - what's your point?

Anonymous said...

The post links to a Crain's article

7-Eleven woos a tough crowd

The company is also testing digital innovations with firms such as KeyMe, an 18-month-old tech outfit based in Long Island City, Queens, that operates key-making kiosks. The kiosks are now in four 7-Eleven stores, where KeyMe pays to operate its 4-square-foot space, and both companies are open to discussion about expansion.

Anonymous said...

TGI Fridays, IHOP and 7-ELEVEN have all closed locations recently. Battle are being won because these companies have overstepped and the negative publicity isn't worth damaging their brand.

Anonymous said...

They're closing because people aren't spending money at these places. No demand, no supply. Period.

Anonymous said...

The key making machines tend to be expensive, and if the key they make doesn't work then what? You likely have to mail the key to the company or speak to a 7-11 employee who will have you fill out a form whereby you'll be giving your address, along with possibly a door key to your building/apartment that maybe works sometimes - no thank you. I'll continue going to many of the local hardware stores and having keys made which are usually fairy cheap and if they don't work I can just bring them back with a receipt and have a new one made.

Anonymous said...

Some people really need to get a life !

Anonymous said...

7-Eleven is just maligning it easier for airbnb hosts to illegally rent out their apartments. Some people won't be happy until this whole city is one bed bug infested transient dorm.

Anonymous said...

The key service lets you get a copy of any key by uploading a photo through their app. Photograph ANYONES key and you have full access to their apartment. What an amenity!

Anonymous said...

That's wishful thinking that these franchisers think their brand is being tarnished. It's all about dollars and how many come in the door. Once the dollars stop, so do they.

One would think there isn't a problem finding a place to get a key made, but what with all the arbnb rentals, perhaps the key duplicating business is booming.

Anonymous said...

Some people really need to get a life like those who write "Some people really need to get a life!" (Kudos to you all for ignoring Anon 3:55. I, on the other hand, need to get a life so I couldn't ignore it.)

Anonymous said...

Can you guys PLEASE come up with a better way to spend your time and improve the NEIGHBORHOOD!! This is the most ludicrous bunch of shit I've ever heard. How much time have you wasted to this point and what is it that you've accomplished? Do something worth while will you please! Something to actually improve the neighborhood and make this gs better. How about getting rid of the corrupt cops and administration in the 9th precinct that caused the drug problems of the past in this area. The same guys are still left over and have simply figured out new ways to make their money. Get rid of them that's worthwhile and what aids in benefitting people around here.

Anonymous said...

The 7-11 is an eyesore and one of the only national chains on all of Avenue A (I actually don't know of any others). It should go simply because it doesn't belong - the neighborhood doesn't need it.

But you guys talking about keys, it's a really esoteric and stupid complaint. In fact, it's a great service for people who may get locked out of their apartments and don't want to spend 200 dollars on a locksmith. There are better things to hate about 7-11.

Anonymous said...

@657 sounds like some good projects YOU should tackle.

Anonymous said...

At $35,000 a month for the space, they won't sustain the location if it isn't profitable. And it probably won't be. The ST Marks location was in a busy area and they couldn't sustain so good luck on Avenue A and 11th. I hate looking it at it and wish it would go away. There's no demand or need or whatever for it in the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

@657 perhaps you could tackle world hunger in your spare time.

Anonymous said...

When my friends visit me from Europe I make sure to tell them that New York is not in America but a collection of islands off its shore. With the chainification of the city this statement is less true with each new 7-11.

Anonymous said...

What happened to 7-Eleven being a crime magnet?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2/1, 3:45pm - EVGrieve just posted a story about nine restaurants that closed recently for the same reason.

Anonymous said...

Give them time, they've only been open for 3 months. They'll be robbed at some point. Until then we'll watch the employees friends aggravate the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

A female employee at 7-Eleven came out to antagonize us several times at the rally today. First she said we had to stand to the right of a sign outside the store, it was the law. The one person standing near the left of the sign moved. Then she came back out and said it was the law that we had to stand at least 5 feet away from the store. Then she came out again and said she was going to call the cops. Finally we asked her to please call the cops because she was making up so many new laws on the fly. She didn't. She was overly aggressive and sarcastic each time she came out and did every thing she could to start trouble, at one point banging on the window at us while people were stopping to speak with us.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see how they are suddenly so interested in keeping the sidewalks neat and tidy while we are out there. All week long the sidewalk is a mess but when we are out there, they're sweeping and pushing the two tablespoons of snow into the gutter. The young employee with the red hair was most certainly trying to instigate a fight no matter how polite we were to her and we weren't taking the bait.

Gojira said...

Yeah, let's see how assiduous they are in shoveling the snow tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Why are they so angry in there? It's not like it's a stressful job. Twice a day they sell a pack of cigarettes and once a week for an hour people handout fliers outside. Wow! Rough life!

Anonymous said...

I can just image what would happen if a bodega was being targeted every week. They would be dealing with more than irate managers, that's for sure!

Anonymous said...

I agree! 7-Eleven should provide these poor employees with grief counselors because people hand out flyers for 60 minutes once a week.

Anonymous said...

@914 Exactly! There's no teamster inflatable rat, no bull horn or screaming, only people hanging out flyers.

Anonymous said...

Search for 7-Eleven on Google News and the results are nothing but crimes.

jason said...

Wait a minute. You protestors are pissed because the employees onjected to your protest? You can do and say what you like and they are obligated to shut up and take it? Oh no! They were being sarcastic to us. Whaaaaaaaaa.

I dont ike 7eleven, but I like entitled whining even less. When you protest a business you can't expect the people making a living working there to sit idily by while you try to put their employer out of business.

Anonymous said...

@jason We're not pissed at all. The whole thing was laughable because she put SO much effort into trying to start a fight with us and we weren't taking the bait.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:09 - They get robbed because they're open all night in isolated areas. Avenue A and 11th Street is anything but isolated. Use your brain!

Anonymous said...

Avue A is REALLY buzzing at 3AM on A Tuesday night.

Anonymous said...

They get robbed because it's policy to keep cash in the safe and not to put up a fight. Avenue A isn't necessarily bustling late at night.

Anonymous said...

Are they shoveling? Or scaring the snow away? Or throwing paint on it?