No 7-Eleven

Resisting Chain Stores and Corporate Control


7-Eleven and the Jobs Creation Myth

Guest post from Rob at the blog Save The Lower East Side

NO 7-Eleven has pointed out that 7-Eleven, with its self-service model, minimizes employment. Here are the figures to compare.

Tompkins Square Bagels (across the street from the projected 7-Eleven at 170 Avenue A) employs 6 persons per weekday shift, 2 shifts, 10 people per shift weekends; total: 21 full time equivalent positions, all behind the counter (no waiters/tips) all $10/hr. The store is only half the size of a 7-Eleven which employs only 7-10 positions per store, so TSP Bagels employs 4 to 6 times (!) as many people as 7-Eleven, and all at a higher pay scale (I asked the guys behind the counter themselves, so it’s not management BS).

I also looked at Fresh & Co., which is about the size of a 7-Eleven – 20 people per shift, 2 shifts, including weekends, all behind-the-counter (no waiter/tips) and well over minimum wage (except the delivery guys — they get tips so the law exempts them from the minimum wage, like waiters). Total: 56 full time equivalent positions, not counting delivery staff. It employs 5-8 times (!!) as a 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven is actually one of the worst franchises from a labor/employment point of view.

But this is kind of obvious, no? Huge store, self-service: minimal jobs, close to minimum wage. Isn’t that what 7-Eleven is all about? And corporate packaged junk food. What an asset to the global landscape!

7-Eleven and Jobs [Save The Lower East Side]


No 7-Eleven at New Museum’s Ideas City

‘No 7-Eleven’ was at the New Museum’s Ideas City streetfest this past weekend.

Thank you to everyone who signed the petition to call on the City Planing Commission and the City Council to amend the city’s zoning regulations to require that all corporate formula stores obtain approval from the local community board before opening.

There are currently 32 7-Elevens in Manhattan with an additional 100 locations planned to open by 2017. 7-Eleven has 7,550 stores in the United States and more outlets than any retailer in the world with 48,000 locations worldwide.


‘No 7-Eleven’ on Let’s Get Real with Chef Erica Wides

Let's Get Real with Chef Erica WidesRob Hollander and Bob Holman of ‘No 7-Eleven’ were guests on the Let’s Get Real with Chef Erica Wides in February discussing 7-Eleven’s aggressive plan to open 100 new locations in Manhattan.

During the hour long segment they discussed the ways large corporations like 7-Eleven destroy of our local market by targeting and infiltrating communities and how they primarily offer food-like products such as vending machine mashed potatoes – yes, there is such a thing.

Let’s Get Real – Episode 56 – 7-Eleven Is To The East Village What Pringles Are To Potatoes