No 7-Eleven

Resisting Chain Stores and Corporate Control

Watch Out Michael’s, There’s A New Craft Shop In Town!

7-Eleven Gets Crafty!What’s a chain to do when there’s few customers to serve and an over abundance of free time? Crafts!

The bored employees at the new East Village 7-Eleven, or their friends, have taken it upon themselves to systematically remove the ‘Boycott 7-Eleven’ signs from the neighborhood – hey, free speech kids! – and get crafty with them.  Several readers have noted the presence of an altered ‘Boycott 7-Eleven’ hanging in the 7-Eleven store window last night. How cute! Hearts!

No More Crafts!
But look! All gone!

Speaking of gone, several local business have told us 7-Eleven employees, or their friends, are ripping down ‘Boycott 7-Eleven’ signs from the windows of their shops. Twig Hair Salon on 11th Street had a ‘Boycott 7-Eleven’ flyer in their window and said a boy ran up and snatched it while proclaiming his love for the diabetes depot. Across the street the bar Hi-Fi had a similar experience when an employee ran across the street and ripped their sign down. It’s rumored there may be video footage!

But don’t fret! There are more signs on the way! There’s a ‘Dont even think about coming in here with a slurpie!’ sign in the works for the neighboring Tompkins Square Bagels and the Hi-Fi Facebook page has a post making it quite clear 7-Eleven products and branding are not welcome in their establishment, “Attn customers & employees: Spend your $$ however you choose, but 7/11 logos are not allowed inside: no cups,bags,napkins,food wrappers, etc.” Yay Hi-Fi!

7-Eleven has been open a mere 5 days and already their rogue employees are starting shit with local businesses. But should this surprise us? After all, when the bossman demonstrates he’s above the law by violating Partial Stop Work Orders, can we really expect the staff to behave any better?

Neighbors Need Relief From 7-Eleven

7-Eleven New York City location
3 Industrial AC Units Illegal Placed 14 Inches From Tenants Windows

Damaged wall at 170 Avenue A above 7-ElevenApartment Walls Damaged During Construction

So far, 7-Eleven has been nothing but a ball ache for their new neighbors. During the 13-month construction phase of the diabetes-friendly junk food shack, 7-Eleven managed to crack apartment walls and allow a young woman’s apartment to be raided in the middle of the night by 4 men.

Then there’s the industrial AC units, three of them to be exact. 7-Eleven dug deep into the narrow air shaft behind the building to install them. To be up to code, the units need to be at least 14 feet from the residents windows. These units are 14 inches away from the residents windows, their bedroom windows to be exact. There is a New York City Department of Buildings Partial Stop Work Order in effect, which 7-Eleven blatantly disregarded to remove the plywood shed and install their new awning and sign.

Calls to 311 have been made. Council Member Rosie Mendez was also made aware of the problems surrounding the construction and AC units. Her office opened up a case to look into the complaints and closed it a month later without any follow-up information. Just. Plain. Dropped. It. Thanks Rosie!

Will 7-Eleven be allowed to rack up and pay fine after fine for these illegally placed AC units or will someone step up to the plate and help the residents of 170 Avenue A?


7-Eleven New YorkNow that 7-Eleven has opened their East Village location, the community will be out in full force protesting 7-Eleven’s presence!


Why Boycott NYC 7-Elevens?

7-Eleven is a human trafficker

7-Eleven store operators accused of exploiting illegal workers – Reuters June 2013

Evidence in Long Island Houses of 7-Eleven ‘Plantation’ – NY Times June 2013

U.S. Seizes 14 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Raids – NY Times June 2013

7-Eleven Cracks Down on Franchises Following Fed Bust – CNN June 2013

7-Eleven is bad for Franchisees

7-ELEVEN Franchise: Franchisee Sues for Fraud, Labor Violations, Unfair Dealings – Unhhappy Franchisee September 2013

NJ Lawsuit Claims 7-Eleven Franchise Program is an Employment Scam – Unhhappy Franchisee June 2013

7-Eleven is a bad neighbor

Thank Heaven! A 7-Eleven AC Unit Outside Your Bedroom Window! – No 7-Eleven September 2013

Break-In Above East Village 7-Eleven Construction Site – No 7-Eleven April 2013

Residents in 7-Eleven Building Taking Kushner Companies to Court – No 7-Eleven April 2013

7-Eleven serves no purpose in the East Village

There are three bodegas within a block’s distance of the new 7-Eleven, a fourth bodega one avenue to the east and a fifth bodega one avenue to the west. There are 17 bodegas in our 10003 zip code and 25 bodegas in the neighboring 10009 zip code. There is no need for 7-Eleven here despite their claims we are “under-served.”

How You Can Help

1. Don’t shop at 7-Eleven!

The easiest thing you can do! Shop at a bodega, a deli, a coffee shop, a grocery store – any place but a 7-Eleven!

2. Sign the petition!

We call on the City Planning Commission and the City Council to amend the city’s zoning text to require that no corporate formula store or bank open a new location without approval from the local community board. Sign now!

3. Join us on social media!

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Please share and re-tweet our story as often as you can.

4. Attend a rally!

We are hosting BOYCOTT 7-ELEVEN rallies EVERY SUNDAY at 11th and A from 1-2PM. Please join us!

Above The Law 7-Eleven Does Exterior Work

7-Eleven - New York

Despite several Partial Stop Work Orders, 7-Eleven is currently removing their exterior plywood shed. The street facing Citi bank logo on the ATM is a nice touch BTW. EV Grieve has coverage of the new sign 7-Eleven carted in over night.

It goes without saying we will be holding our weekly BOYCOTT 7-ELEVEN rally this Sunday at the location from 1-2PM.

Work Continues Tonight at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven New York

7-Eleven New York

New photos this evening of the work taking place inside the East Village 7-Eleven. Blue Line contractors can be seen installing counters while a woman lingers by the Slurpee machines, apparently taste testing all of the flavors as well as a selection of candy. What a job! And we hope you washed your hands missy!

Earlier today, the chatty 7-Eleven employees told passer-byers they were planning on opening tomorrow despite not having a sign in place and the store being enveloped in blue plywood. Calls were made to both 311 and the NYC DOB because, if this store opens, a sign will have to go up and the plywood will have to come down and neither of those things can happen – legally – with the Partial Stop Work Orders in place. But this is 7-Eleven, they are above the law!

This is about to get interesting.

Breaking: Workers Move Stuff in 7-Eleven

7-Eleven New York CityA tipster sends in a photo taken a few minutes ago of workers setting up shop inside 7-Eleven. Good luck with that! The plywood exterior surrounding the store can’t be removed until the various Partial Stop Work Orders have been dealt with and unless they can move the offending AC and refrigeration units in the near future, the location isn’t opening. One also has to wonder why the only activity inside 7-Eleven takes place at night.

Update 1: New Video.

Update 2: Workers are now beginning to stock the location with food.

Westminster Management VS 7-Eleven

Westminster VS 7-ElevenWestminster Management is the property manager for 170 Avenue A, the location of the new 7-Eleven. Workers onsite at 7-Eleven claim it is in fact Westminster who is responsible for racking up the Partial Stop Work Orders issued this month by the NYC DOB for 7-Eleven’s placement of 3 industrial AC units 14 inches from residents windows. The DEP is taking Westminster Management to court over the refrigeration unit on the roof which blocks access to a fire escape. Earlier this month, 7-Eleven brazenly disobeyed the Partial Stop Work Orders and marched on with their construction as caught on camera by a neighbor.

7-Eleven spokesperson, Margaret Chabris, has been suspiciously quiet on the Partial Stop Work Orders issue, probably due to her non-stop damage control relating to press confusion surrounding 7-Eleven’s mysterious new guinea pig store, all those health code violations in DC, the human trafficking scandal, distancing the company from employees weilding guns and a bloody clown robbery. Seriously, reading the news on 7-Eleven is like watching a COPS marathon on SPIKE TV.

7-Eleven Manhattan

Anyway… EV Grieve has a post this morning with some interior shots of the 7-Eleven. The sad Slurpee shack sits lifeless at the cost of $30k per month. Yes, that’s what 7-Eleven is currently paying for the space. There isn’t a franchisee slotted for the store either. So, the question remains, who is responsible for correcting the host of issues preventing the 7-Eleven from opening, Westminster or 7-Eleven? Since neither side is talking we’ll just have to wait and see. One thing we know for sure, there is no way this 7-Eleven is opening by October 31st.