Protesters rally against 7-Eleven in East Village

Credit: Maja Lundager
Protesters rally against a forthcoming 7-Eleven in the East Village.
Credit: Maja Lundager Pedersen

Hoping to ignite city opposition with another protest, a grassroots campaign once again rallied against a forthcoming 7-Eleven in the East Village on Sunday.

Shouting “7-Eleven sucks — built on corporate megabucks,” a handful of protesters argued that a branch of the convenience store on 11th Street and Avenue A, which will open in a couple of months, serves no purpose in the community.

“It’s a historical place with a special spirit that we want to preserve,” said Ingrid Kelleman, 44, one of the group’s organizers and a resident of the area.

The rally was part of several organized by the coalition since November. Protesters worry that 7-Eleven, which last year announced plans to open more than 100 more locations in Manhattan, will destroy small businesses.

“If we keep having these chains in, all the beauty of local community is going to be undermined,” said Sarah Timmons, 23, who worries that 7-Eleven will spread to her Central Harlem neighborhood.

Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman protests the opening of a 7-Eleven on Avenue A in the East Village.  Credit: Maja Lundager Pedersen
Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman protests the opening of a 7-Eleven on Avenue A in the East Village.
Credit: Maja Lundager Pedersen

Calling a 7-Eleven on the Bowery his “tipping point,” Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman said the city should require special permission from the community for chains like 7-Eleven to open.

“Here’s someone that’s gonna be able to take advantage over not only the corporate buying power but the rules of the government that favors corporations over individuals,” said Holman, 65, holding a sign that read “Slurpee! Blurpee! 7-11 is Jerky!”

A spokeswoman for 7-Eleven said the chain wants to offer the community a convenient and dependable place to get cheap products.

Still, protesters think local businesses better serve the community, both during emergencies like Superstorm Sandy and morning coffee runs.

“We have bodegas for that,” Kelleman said, gesturing around her. “So what’s the purpose?”

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.