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Manhattan beep will “throw up” if she sees one more 7-Eleven

February 07, 2014 04:15PM

From left: A 7-Eleven on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

From left: A 7-Eleven on 3rd Avenue in Gramercy and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Suburban convenience store 7-Eleven has faced an uphill battle to gain acceptance in the bodega-filled land of Manhattan, and the borough’s new president has no intention of making the fight any easier on the chain.

“I hate to say this, but if I see one more 7-Eleven, I’m going to throw up,” Brewer cracked at a CityLaw Breakfast Series on supporting small businesses Friday morning.

Brewer followed the comment by saying new zoning ordinances intended to rein in the size of banks and other storefronts on the Upper West Side are not enough.

Last June, the City Council approved restrictions that prohibit stores taking more than 45 feet of frontage along major commercial streets on the Upper West Side. Specifically, they apply from 72nd to 110th Street on Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, and from 72nd to 87th Street on Columbus Avenue. But Brewer said there need to be another “larger discussion,” about limiting the influx of stores that alter the neighborhood’s character.

“I think it’s a very important issue, particularly for Manhattan,” Brewer said of the neighborhood’s swelling storefronts. “The other boroughs, to be honest with you, do not have as much of a challenge.” [Politicker]Julie Strickland

6 Responses to “Manhattan beep will “throw up” if she sees one more 7-Eleven”

  1. February 07, 2014 at 8:42 pm, Macau retail market hmmm said:

    Wow, Lady! She acts like these 7-Elevens are secretly Cybermen processing centers.

    It’s not like there are already 800 of them here as there are in Hong Kong where they do free bill paying via residents’ Octopus cards which COULD be scary if the information from these franchisees’ operations were being transmitted back to the mothership like the black box data in Toyota vehicles.

    What if they can wipe the black box data remotely when it is the vehicle that causes an accident?

    Why would anyone plant the most 7-Elevens not even in Hong Kong (No. 2) but in sleepy outside casinos Macau?

    What if the Fujian Tulou are not about Hakka racism but actually about wokou which is what my mother was raised to understand but is no longer taught with regard to this idiosyncratic style of architecture?

  2. February 07, 2014 at 8:47 pm, who are these franchisees? said:

    She’s right. 7-Elevens may be peppered throughout the other four boroughs but they really don’t alter the landscape which is kind of a working class sprawl for the most part anyway. A lot of gas stations run a version of 7-11 without paying the franchise fee.

    I never drank the 7-Eleven koolaid or biggulp or whatever but I don’t understand why you need such an expensive franchise to run a convenience store when according to the 7-Eleven episode of Undercover Boss, the franchisee has to call and get someone in to change the flourescent light rods in accordance with the franchise agreement.

    • February 07, 2014 at 8:50 pm, Good God that can't be kosher said:

      And the workers get into trouble if they drop a cup because the store is charged for that cup as if it was sold filled so are they picking up dropped cups and giving them to customers to drink from for fear of the franchisor?

      • February 09, 2014 at 7:20 am, Victor said:

        You don’t have to work there. You don’t have to shop there. Grow a spine Libby. You want some sloppy lazy govt.”worker” to decide whether these businesses should exist?

  3. February 08, 2014 at 9:26 pm, Victor said:

    I will throw up if TRD continues to post a pic. of that ugly communist trying to engineer what businesses she thinks people should shop at. Shame on these other communists posting. Let the free market decide. No one holds a gun to a shoppers head unless it’s a “free thinking” Libtard hell bent on deciding how people should shop and spend their money.

    • February 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm, saving her a seat next to me said:

      In the words of Katie Cassidy’s dad, “I think I love her!”

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