Manhattan has always been a juicy target for national chains with its dense population and huge tourist contingent, but the borough's residents have been known to be fickle when interloping storefronts set up shop. The latest object of scorn for city residents is the iconic 7-Eleven chain which has aggressively peppered the city with new openings over the past couple of years.
The locals hate it.
Call it perverse, but it turns out that New Yorkers seem to prefer the grottiest bodega to 7-Eleven's super-brightly lit white walled stores featuring endless racks of packaged foods and famous Slurpee machines. As the chain continues to push franchise openings in the city, some prominent early arrivals are failing. Notably, a St. Marks Place location closed last December after continuous neighborhood scorn that found the suburban green and orange façade disrupting the street's fabled bohemian ambiance. Never mind that the East Village's true bohemian days are long gone. Residents refused to give up the illusion, and that particular 7-Eleven is now gone. We discovered another recent departure on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 93rd Street (pictured above & below), where the striped panel above the storefront had been removed and all traces of the former convenience store had been removed sometime over the last month. Though it's certainly a lower profile location than St. Mark's place, full of local restaurants and small independent businesses, it's more likely that this particular outpost was simply, quietly rejected by its neighborhood. Though New Yorkers have bristled under the city's attempts to regulate sugary drinks (which, for through some loophole, 7-Eleven will be exempt) and processed foods, it seems that they still don't care to embrace the chain that has made a reputation out of offering a bounty of hot dogs, chips, donuts, Slurpees and all manner of packaged cake and cookie snacks —not to mention the full selection of cigarettes and other tobacco products 24-hour a day. Slim Jim anyone? We already know where to get those, and anything else we might need.
So goodbye, Amsterdam Avenue 7-Eleven. Nobody misses you, until you become yet another bank, and then we will all be complaining about that.