Neighbors Fear a 7-Eleven Might Happen at the Corner of Rivington and Pitt

Posted on: July 17th, 2014 at 6:04 am by
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Put your guard up.

Rumor has it that 7-Eleven might be coming to the eastern terminus of Rivington Street. A concerned reader emailed us this weekend, explaining that construction work is currently underway in the commercial space at the corner of Pitt Street.

Estevez Supermarket shuttered over six months ago after several violations of selling beer to minors. Its address mate at 210 Rivington – the former Recoup Loungehas been closed for a year. One-story plywood sheds arrived last week, and both stores are being combined into a larger venue.

Contractors informed our tipster that a 7-Eleven location was allegedly in progress. Even though this chatter is simply that, worksite talk oftentimes proves truthful in the end. Nevertheless, we reached out to Margaret Chabris, Director of Communications at 7-Eleven, and confirmed that, as of now, “we have no lease on a property at this location.”

If, however, a lease with 7-Eleven is signed in the near term, it would be devastating to the block. As one neighbor says:

LESers on the block are NOT happy. Life on Pitt is much different than the frat scene that the rest of the neighborhood has become and there is still a feeling of community with stores run by people from the community. 7-Eleven could not be more antithesis to that.

The corporate model cares about money. The Lower model cares about its people. If we keep our people and our money away from this corporation, we will save our little corner of the Lower East Side.

Oh, by the way, controversial landlord Samy Mahfar owns the building.

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