We are hearing from our friends at Bowery Boogie that 7-Eleven is opening another location at 403 Grand Street on the Lower East Side. Despite local backlash against the presence of a 7-Eleven at this location, the Seward Park Co-op board caved and is allowing a 7-Eleven to occupy the space. Residents have already begun to vocalize their contempt for 7-Eleven.
“Welcome 7-11 and junk food, corporate greed, trash + crime,” reads a Post-it left on the storefront.
This will make the second 7-Eleven location in the area. The Texas-based company recently opened a location around the corner at 142 Delancey Street. 7-Eleven’s aggressive expansion plan calls for 100 new locations in Manhattan by 2017. Ken Barnes, 7-Eleven’s director of northeast regional development, recently told the Commercial Observer “We can’t open more New York locations fast enough. Every neighborhood is a target.”