7-Eleven Opening Two New Stores in Financial District This Summer
FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Take a big gulp, lower Manhattan.
Located just a few blocks apart, the Downtown mini-marts are slated to open at 111 Fulton St. and 111 John St.
The new 2,500-square-foot Fulton Street store, which sits between William and Dutch streets, will join a strip that’s now populated by a series of chain franchises, including Red Mango, Chipotle, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks. An equally large Au Bon Pain will open soon next door to the new 7-Eleven.
The John Street store will be located nearby, between Cliff and Pearl streets.
But the growing Manhattan expansion of the convenience store — known for fast foods like taquitos and corn dog rollers — has already left a bad taste in the mouths of many Downtown residents.
Anti-chain store activists in the East Village have been urging neighbors to boycott 7-Eleven, arguing the mega-chain is putting mom-and-pop stores out of business.
"[7-Elevens] are Pringle-izing our population," Bowery Poetry Club owner Bob Holman previously stated at a community meeting. "They are boring. They are bland. They are not New York."
The chain already has two other shops south of Canal Street — a small outpost at 311 Broadway, between Duane and Thomas streets that opened last August, as well as a larger TriBeCa store at 140 Church St. that opened in 2008.
And the latest 7-Eleven in the area is set to open its doors in April on West Third Street, DNAinfo.com reported earlier this month.
The international chain currently has 32 locations in Manhattan and plans to have 100 within the next five years, a spokeswoman said.