The East Village rumor mill is working overtime on reports that 7-Eleven may have nixed plans for a controversial store on East 11th Street and Avenue A.
Proposals for a 7-Eleven branch in the once-gritty Alphabet City have prompted guerrilla street art protests, the No 7-Eleven blog and a visit by the righteous anti-consumerist Reverend Billy.
When The Commercial Observer spoke with Ken Barnes last month at the International Council of Shopping Centers, the senior director of northeast regional development at 7-Eleven laid out bold plans for the convenience chain’s continued expansion throughout Manhattan.
“We can’t open more New York locations fast enough,” Mr. Barnes said. “Every neighborhood is a target.” As the company hopes to add 100 more Manhattan locations to its 32 current outposts across the borough, one neighborhood isn’t taking the bullseye on its back lightly.
Alphabet City is fighting for its right to shop at independently-owned 24-hour destinations for late night beer and hygienic product runs.