7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts want to make more of a corporate splash on the Lower East Side, The Lo Down reports. In recent weeks, residents of the Grand Street area voted down proposals allowing the stores to lease space on the block.
It turns out 7-Eleven planned to open a location next to the Dunkin’ Donuts on 142 Delancey Street nearby. The Lo Down reports 7-Eleven will open 630 new stores in North America this year.
7-Eleven president and CEO Joe DePinto announced in a statement that the company hopes to increase its presence in metropolitan areas where it has stores currently.
Commenters on The Lo Down go back and forth on the decision being “heartbreaking,” and saying it’s a big improvement over stores that have been there in the past, like those promising “cash for gold.”
Writers at Bowery Boogie are disappointed as well, calling this development a “trajectory toward total suburban strip mall.”
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