By Carla Zanoni
INWOOD — A single sign with the words "7-Eleven Coming Soon" posted in the window at 185 Dyckman St. and on a popular Twitter feed has sparked endless dreams of a summer spent drinking Slurpees for some locals.
The opening of the popular convenience store, more commonly found in suburbia, near Vermilyea Avenue is part of 7-Eleven's plans to open 11 new outposts in Manhattan in 2011. The Texas-based chain convenience store currently has 10 stores in Manhattan.
"[O]mg im so excited. you cant possibly hate CHERRY SLURPIES ON DYCKMAN #711," hyperlocal blogger and Inwood resident Zaida Grunes wrote. "[M]y inner yuppie is SO HAPPY!"
A flurry of 7-Eleven-tweets from Inwood residents followed.
“Beginning to think this 7-11 coming to #Dyckman St is the biggest news to hit #Inwood since the Redcoats trudged uptown along the Hudson!” wrote Inwood resident Jim Swimm.
The chain wants to open more than 100 new locations over the next five years, Crain's New York Business reported.
"There are more attractive locations available now than there were in the past, and this is due to the recession," Margaret Chabris, public relations director for 7-Eleven, told Crain's New York. "A lot of small businesses are having a tough time growing, or some of them aren't able to renew leases."
It was not immediately clear when the Inwood location would open. 7-Eleven reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Despite the excitement over the chain store’s arrival, some Inwood residents weren't so excited.
"7-11 coming to #inwood? Great, now uptown can get fat on the same crap sub-urbanites get," tweeted Cris Macario.