No 7-Eleven

Resisting Chain Stores and Corporate Control

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.

When DOES This Corporate Blight Open?

7-Eleven New York

Photo: Michael Paul

No time soon! 7-Eleven, the Texas-based based gas/beer/cigarette chain, was originally scheduled to open its East Village location in May only to have their opening date pushed to June, then to November and now October. However, there’s still the complicated matter of the various Partial Stop Work Orders in place.

In order for construction to resume at 7-Eleven, a NYC DOB inspector said the 3 industrial size AC units will have to be moved at least 14 feet away from the apartment windows. Currently they are 14 INCHES away from the apartment windows.

7-Eleven New York City location

The Department of Environmental Protection is hauling the property manager of 170 Avenue A – Westminster Management – into court over the external refrigeration units. The refrigeration units also have to be moved because they block passage to a fire escape. The DEP has ordered the units to be turned off but 7-Eleven is above the law so they continue to run 24/7.

The 7-Eleven continues to sit vacant and boarded up as it has most of the year, continuing to be little more than an eye-sore for the neighborhood and a lightening rod of controversy for the corporation. One has to wonder, with all the aggravation its presence has caused for the neighborhood, 7-Eleven and Westminster Management, is it really worth it?