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Latest 7-Eleven Will Open in Greenwich Village

By Andrea Swalec | March 7, 2013 12:09pm | Updated on March 7, 2013 12:19pm

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A new outpost of the mini-mart small business advocates love to hate is on its way to West Third Street.

Doors with 7-Eleven logos have been installed at 135 W. Third St., located just east of the West Fourth Street subway stop and the West Fourth Street Courts and just north of the Village McDonald's that has been the site of multiple violent incidents.

The new 7-Eleven, which was formerly home to Village Bagels & Juice Bar, is projected to open by the end of April, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

Earlier this year, anti-chain store activists in the East Village urged their neighbors to boycott 7-Eleven, arguing its expansion in Manhattan would put unique family-run bodegas out of business.

"[7-Elevens] are Pringle-izing our population," Bowery Poetry Club owner Bob Holman previously told DNAinfo.com New York. "They are boring. They are bland. They are not New York."

The store will join the 136 W. Third St. McDonald's in staying open 24 hours.

The fast-food joint has been a trouble hot spot in recent years. McDonald's employee Rayon McIntosh clashed with two women in a videotaped attack there in October 2011, and a man's face was slashed there after an alleged anti-LGBT attack in September 2012.

The Slurpee seller has 32 locations in Manhattan and plans to have 100 within the next five years, its spokeswoman said.