403 Grand St.
If you haven’t walked past Grand Street (near Clinton) lately, here’s the new signage outside the 7-Eleven store poised to open in a commercial strip owned by the Seward Park Co-op. Last month, 7-Eleven officials said they envisioned a late July opening. Co-op management had some say over the signage, which varies somewhat from location to location.
Last night, 7-Eleven corporate executives came face-to-face with Lower East Side residents, some of whom were previously determined to keep the ubiquitous convenience store from moving into a storefront at 403 Grand St. They received a mixed reception.
Here’s a sign that popped up in the window of the future 7-Eleven store at 403 Grand Street yesterday, seeking a franchisee to operate this location in the Seward Park Co-op. As we indicated last month, the corporate giant is finally moving ahead with renovations, after signing a 10-year lease in the former Grand Spa space last summer. Residents both within the co-op and elsewhere in the neighborhood campaigned against 7-Eleven, but another tenant willing to meet the co-op board’s terms could not be found.
The store has been presented to the community as a “corporate” location. In other instances, 7-Eleven has opened stores, and then later converted them to franchises once local owner/operators were identified. This was the case with another 7-Eleven outpost at 142 Delancey Street. According to the company’s web site, it’s still available as a franchise opportunity. But Seward Park General Manager Frank Durant tells us this morning the Grand Street location is definitely a permanent corporate store, the signage was put up by mistake and it’s going to be removed.
403 Grand Street.
Last night, the Seward Park Co-op board of directors voted to approve a lease for 7-Eleven, clearing the way for the ubiquitous chain to open a new location at 403 Grand Street.
The board was poised to vote for 7-Eleven this past May, but a group of residents protested the move, prevailing upon their leadership to hold off while a search for alternative tenants was launched. The group contacted dozens of prospects and managed to find a business, Tribeca Pediatrics, for a neighboring storefront that was originally destined to become a Dunkin’ Donuts.
But for a variety of reasons none of the potential tenants for the larger space, once occupied by the Grand Spa, were accepted by the board. Among the complications: “no compete” clauses embedded in the leases of some existing tenants.
409 Grand Street, the former home of Roots & Vines.
In the past several months, there has been no shortage of speculation and debate about what should become of two empty storefronts on Grand Street, east of Essex. Now there’s at least a partial answer. Tribeca Pediatrics, which has offices across the city, will be moving into the space formerly occupied by the Roots & Vines coffee shop at 403 Grand Street. Leslie Pennypacker, Tribeca Pediatrics’ manager, confirmed yesterday that there’s now a signed lease.
Controversy erupted last spring when the co-op board decided to lease the space to a Dunkin’ Donuts and to sign a long-term agreement with 7-Eleven for a larger space in the same retail strip. Residents launched a petition drive against the chain stores, prompting the board to back away from the deals. They then proceeded to search out other tenants. A leader of the group, Auguste Olson, told us yesterday she’s thrilled that families living in the co-op, as well as in the surrounding neighborhood, will have a great new resource for high quality medical care. “It really shows that when we come together we can really make things happen,” she said.