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Chain Reaction Sparks Anti-7-Eleven Protest in Park

No 7-Eleven Rally in Tompkins Square parkMany thanks to The Villager for today’s article:

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL  |  Manhattan can boast of a dubious achievement: You don’t have far to walk to find a bank, drugstore or chain coffee house. While these businesses occupy almost every corner in town, it’s difficult to find a shoe repair store, tailor or most other basic services within walking distance.

In the East Village and Lower East Side, a dearth of supermarkets has left small delis and bodegas to provide food and dry goods to the neighborhood.

Now, a group of activists are sounding the alarm for these small businesses with the anticipated arrival of a 7-Eleven convenience store on Avenue A.

Last Saturday, dozens gathered by the Hare Krishna Tree in Tompkins Square Park for a serious, and occasionally satirical, protest against the national retailer’s impending arrival.

“No chains on the Lower East Side,” said Robert Galinsky while wearing a rusted chain around his neck.

Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club chanted, “Corporate clones out of Loisada.”

Organizers warned of an impending flood of the Slurpee-slinging chain. Already there are more than 8,000 7-Elevens in the U.S. and some 48,000 worldwide. Another 100 outlets are planned for Manhattan in the next four years.

Continue reading Chain reaction sparks anti-7-Eleven protest in park [The Villager]

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