Breaking: 7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts May Sign Leases on Grand Street

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 at 1:17 pm by

We just received an alarming email from one reader saying that both 7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts are just a few days away from inking leases at two Seward Park retail spaces on Grand Street. The paperwork is reportedly being drafted as we speak.

Word on the street is that the former Roots & Vines cafe, which shuttered in March, will become a 7-Eleven, and the current Grand Spa location will become Dunkin’.  This is terrible news for the neighborhood.  So much so, that the community is quickly mobilizing to help stop the big-box invasion from spreading through Seward. There’s already an online petition in play. Here’s the text from the appeal:

In just a few days, Seward Park Coop is slated to sign leases for 7 Eleven and Dunkin Donuts to open their stores in the Grand Spa and previous Roots and Vines location.

We have 2-3 days to stop this!!

We the undersigned shareholders of Seward Park Cooperative and other neighborhood residents have formed this petition to address our opposition to Dunkin Donuts and 7-Eleven chain stores being brought to the Seward Park commercial spaces, as managed by Charles H. Greenthal & Co.

We oppose commercial saturation in our retail strip and believe we should limit the distance of retail establishments that offer the same type of goods to at least 1,000 feet of each other.We are concerned about the potential crime and noise pollution that a 24 hour businesses might attract to the residential nature of Grand Street.We are concerned that with the expanding population of young children in the immediate area and the problem of childhood obesity on the rise, the inexpensive, junk food options sold by these establishments will have a harmful impact on our children’s health and well-being.

We strongly prefer establishments that offer more healthy, natural and organic food options.We are concerned that corporately-owned chain stores in the Seward Park retail strip is inconsistent with the independent retail establishments that populate our properties.We are concerned that chain stores will have a chilling effect on property values as the establishments degrade the character and appeal of the neighborhood for both longtime and new residents.

We demand that the Seward Park Board of Directors put the decision to bring these types of establishments to our neighborhood to a shareholder vote and give Grand Street residents a chance to air their concerns about businesses that will greatly alter and impact the entire neighborhood.
Please sign this petition along with your full name and apartment number ASAP.  Leases are going to be signed by Friday; so we must act fast and present this to the board within 24 hours.

This section of Grand Street is already losing a battle – there’s a Papa John’s and Subway just a couple blocks away. And Doughnut Plant probably won’t be too happy either…

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  • David

    Gross.  I guess doughnut plant is toast now!  ; )

    • Turk_182

      Do you really believe that Doughnut Plant competes with Dunkin Donuts? 

      • David

         note the wink

        • Turk_182

          Oh, missed that one matey. ;) 

    • 99centsandupstore

      And how on earth will Kossar’s compete with Dunkin’s new Artisan Bagels???  ARTISAN F-in’ BAGELS, PEOPLE!

  • Guest

    Wondering how many prospective tenants were vetted and what the bid process entailed? Yes these tenants can meet their rents, but can they enhance the commercial value of the strip at the same time server the community’s needs? Hard to believe there weren’t more non-chain businesses interested in these spaces.  

  • LES Vegan

    oh no! this must be stopped.

  • Turk_182

    Is this petition for real?  Because if it is, it sounds pathetic and defies logic.  Oh, and it forgot to mention the Chinese knife fights.  Sounds like the same screwball crew that tried to frighten people into petitioning against La Flaca wrote this petition.  I’ve heard of people being mugged late at night on deserted streets, but does anyone really believe that a Dunkin Donuts or a 7/11 would increase the potential for crime because they might stay open late? Typically, it is the other way around.  As for the appeal to the inexpensive junk food options, this is really a reach and there are clearly plenty of other junk food options in walking distance.  Donut Plant isn’t exactly selling health food. As for the concern that chain stores will have a “chilling” effect on property values, they don’t seem to be doing any harm to the Condos on or near Delancey Street or where other D&D’s are located, which is just about everywhere in the city.      

    • 444

      yeah i’m conflicted.

      I can’t really believe any of the arguments put forth by the petition, but at the same time I would prefer to see other types of (non-chain) businesses take these locations just to keep the neighborhood more interesting.  Having said that, I cannot give any examples of what types of businesses would be better served taking these spots, so I say let it be.

      • WhatAreTheyThinking

        Terrible addition to the neighborhood. And yes, people do believe that it increases potential of crime, Pan handling, etc. Not to mention They are both in direct conflict of other stores. Unless you need latenight blunts and alcohol. I guess then there’s really nothing else filling that niche for our coops after 10pm. To anyone making decisions on these leases, keep in mind that this petition can also be thought of as a boycot list. Oh, and btw, I’ve been a weekly la flaca customer from the beginning. Not the same crowd.

  • guest

    A disgusting addition to the neighborhood, for many reasons. Hope it’s stopped.

  • MT2

    if these petitioners value neighborhood business so much then why didnt they support roots and vines? that place was a cool, local, neighborhood spot. You reap what you sow, NIMBYS

  • Guest

    Why weren’t you supporting Roots and Vines and Grand Spa? ?
    LET THE MARKET TAKE IT’S COURSE!

    • ComeOnAlready

      Roots and vines’ problem? Perhaps it was the business in direct conflict that opened in close proximity. If you know the hood, you know the place. Thanks for highlighting that point on the side of not opening more businesses in direct conflict. As for the spa, that was another business nobody wanted that snuck in. Not surprising there.

  • Abc

    These are at best scare tactics aimed at these potential tenants. Who is behind this as there has been a leak of information which may/may not even be true.  You are wrong to prejudge future commercial tenants without viable alternatives. Are you paying their bills? Don’t they have a right to service our community just as other current commercial tenants do? 

  • Tiny dancer

    I wouldn’t mind having a dunkin’ donuts anyways. In terms of crime, people exercise they’re own judgment when going to a place at a certain hour. Agree with prior posts that if these people cared so much why didn’t they support Roots & Vine.