No 7-Eleven

Resisting Chain Stores and Corporate Control

7-Eleven Returns To Their Junk Food Roots

7-Eleven Junk FoodThis time last year 7-Eleven was trying to be the go-to place for healthy snacks. Looks like they gave up on that mission. At the recent 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland Trade Show, 7-Eleven wasted no time in hawking “jacked” Doritos, energy drinks and Pringles.

Snack Watch: 7-Eleven Franchisee Trade Show [CPS net]

7-Eleven Pushes 2,500 Locations On Indonesia

7-Eleven to Spend $645m in 2,500-Store Push7-Eleven’s aggressive global expansion continues with another 2,000-2,500 locations planned for Indonesia. The Jakarta Globe reports Modern Internasional, a holding company that owns and operates the 7-Eleven chain in Indonesia, is spending $645 million over the next 10 years to open locations in Jakarta, Bogot, Tangerand, Depok and Bekasi.

Henri Honoris, the president director of Modern Internasional tells the Jakarta Globe 7-Eleven is very interested in “tapping the rising middle income class.” He said the company plans to have 7-Eleven stores in or near apartment buildings, office areas, train stations, hotels, resort areas and gas stations.

7-Eleven to Spend $645m in 2,500-Store Push [Jakarta Globe]

New Yorkers Need to Take Back Their City

Via The New York Times
By Jeremiah Moss

The old-school gentrification of the 20th century, while harmful, wasn’t all bad. It made streets safer, created jobs and brought fresh vegetables to the corner store. Today, however, what we talk about when we talk about gentrification is actually a far more destructive process, one that I prefer to call hyper-gentrification.

Unlike gentrification, in which the agents of change were middle-class settlers moving into working-class and poor neighborhoods, in hyper-gentrification the change comes from city government in collaboration with large corporations. Widespread transformation is intentional, massive and swift, resulting in a completely sanitized city filled with brand-name mega-developments built for the luxury class. The poor, working and middle classes are pushed out, along with artists, and the city goes stale. Urban scholar Neil Smith wrote extensively about the phenomenon, calling it “a systematic class-remaking of city neighborhoods.”

Cultivated by former mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, hyper-gentrification in New York was implemented via strategically planned mass rezonings, eminent domain and billions in tax breaks to corporations. This led to the eviction of countless residents and small businesses, destroying the fabric of our streets and putting the city’s soul on life support. To save it, we need politicians, activists and citizens to get tough and retake this city. Let’s drastically reduce tax breaks to corporations and redirect that money to mom-and-pops. Protect the city’s oldest small businesses by providing selective retail rent control, and implement the Small Business Survival Act to create fair rent negotiations. Pass a citywide ordinance to control the spread of chain stores. Strengthen residential rent regulation. Shop local and protest the corporate invasion of neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, too many New Yorkers say, “This is normal. The city always changes.” They’re in denial. This is not normal. It is state-sponsored, corporate-driven and turbo-charged.

The first step to healing is to admit we have a problem.

New Yorkers Need to Take Back Their City [The New York Times]

Support Occupy Gezi

Though it’s worlds apart and on a completely different scale, NO Chains on the Bowery  and NO 7-Eleven: Resisting Chains and Corporate Control express solidarity with Occupy Gezi and Istanbul Right to the City. These protests started with the threat of a shopping mall being dumped on a community without their consent. Occupy Gezi and Right to the City want community self-determination, which is our goal too.  Occupy Gezi stems from the threat to Istanbul’s “heritage of diversity” — a heritage shared by New York, and which the spread of chain stores subvert.