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New Petition in Support of Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven on Grand Street

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7-11 had been looking at the the Grand Spa location at 403 Grand Street.

Earlier this week the Seward Park Co-op agreed to hold off (at least temporarily) from renting space to 7-Eleven and Dunkin’ Donuts, after a residents’ group launched a petition drive opposing the chain stores.  Now another petition has emerged  — this one in support of the chains.

The petition reads:

Our neighborhood could be home to a 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts! There are two commercial spaces on Grand Street just west of Clinton Street that the Seward Park Board of Directors was going to bring a 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts to. Unfortunately, some local residents feel that this would not be a good addition to the neighborhood. We will not get into their reasoning but we will point out the positives of having these two stores. The stores are open early and late which is something that will help make Grand Street safer… They both run very clean operations… They have great products that everyone can enjoy… If you are from Seward Park an added bonus is that they are strong tenants and they will pay top rents. Seward Park has had a bad history with their commercial tenants. The commercial tenants currently owe over $100,000 in back rents.  A petition was circulated against bringing these stores in and convinced the Seward Park Board of Directors to retract their approval and put the deals on hold for three weeks so that alternative retailers could be tracked down. If you feel that these stores would be a great addition to the neighborhood or you feel that they will financially benefit the Co-Op, then sign this petition and lets show the Seward Park board that there are people who are in favor of this.

There are only five signatures so far. We’ll see what happens over the next several days.

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  1. “We will not get into their reasoning but we will point out the positives of having these two stores.” This seems suspect, but okay, shoot…
    “The stores are open early and late which is something that will help make Grand Street safer.” Grand Street is already safe. A 24/7 Dunkin Donuts might have the opposite effect, attracting rif-raf at all hours of the night.Grand Street already has a donut shop and Delancey already has a Dunkin Donuts. There are already 24 hour deli’s on Clinton and Delancey, and a 24 hour Rite Aid on Grand Street. Seven Elevens have no place in New York City, especially in my neighborhood.Good luck with your petition. I hope you fail miserably.Oh, and stop buying Pizza from Poppa Johns, everybody.

  2. Wow, it could be a very Slurpee summer! and there’s a liquor store a few doors down! Where is the link to this petition?

  3. I am the market and decided for myself that i don’t want more shoddy product for low price corporations in my neighborhood, especially in buildings that i’m a partial owner of. Your ‘hidden hand’ is about to destroy the area between Delancey/Grand & Essex/Ridge and send real estate values in existing structures across the neighborhood into free fall. And how does adding two of the most robbed businesses in the country to our neighborhood and letting them stay open into the morning make it safer? That doesn’t make any sense at all.

  4. Chatham Green misses the point. The market may very well support a couple of  24-hour junk food slingers (after all, the market isn’t very bright – just look at childhood diabetes statistics over the last couple of decades). The real point is that the shareholders of the properties should have some voice in what kind of retail they lease to.

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