Last summer, the Seward Park Cooperative, which owns a commercial strip east of Essex Street, signed a long-term lease with 7-Eleven, after a group of residents opposed to the presence of more chain stores on the LES unsuccessfully tried to find an alternative tenant. Construction finally got underway a few weeks ago. The corporation, in the midst of a major New York City expansion, came to hear feedback about potential products to be sold in the store and other issues.
The gathering in a co-op community room was led by Scott Teachenor, who oversees around 150 stores in New York City and surrounding areas. He said the Grand Street location will be a corporate training center and, as such, will never become a franchise operation. Because it’s going to be a training site, the store, he said, “will be held to an extremely high standard.” A July 25 opening date is anticipated, although that could be pushed back depending on the pace of construction.
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