7-Eleven Apparently Reneges on Pledge Not to Sell Alcohol at New Hill East Store
by Larry Janezich
Eat DC (@eat_dc) who covers DC’s food and drink venues, tweeted Monday afternoon that according to 7-Eleven’s website listing the sale of the franchises for its stores, the new Hill East store at 1501 Independence will sell beer. (see here: http://bit.ly/1TtuFks)
Update: Monday afternoon, CHC sent the following inquiry to Sembe Cole, Market Manager for 7-Eleven, Inc:
Mr. Cole –
Tuesday morning, CHC received a response from Me Cole, as follows: “This was a mistake and put up in error”
This directly contradicts what company reps told ANC6B Commissioners Krepps and Jayaraman and Hill East residents on February 19, 1916, at a community meeting at St. Coletta’s. (see CHC post here: http://bit.ly/23WSqK4)
The store is being opened as a matter or right, and nearby neighbors are concerned that it will create the same problems for their neighborhood that have plagued the 7-Elevens on Barracks Row and Maryland Avenue, NE. In an attempt to allay concerns, one of the pledges company executives made to those attending the meeting was that the proposed 7-Eleven would not sell beer or wine.
Asked for reaction to the story, Jayaraman – who chairs of ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee – said, “…7-Eleven representatives told us that they did not plan to sell alcohol of any sort so I view this as a breach of trust and a reversal of what I understood to be their willingness to be sensitive to the surrounding community by not seeking such a license. I will strongly object and protest any application to sell alcohol at that location. Such a move would also threaten the viability of SE Market, a small family-run small business. As you know 7-Eleven has already put out of business 2 establishments that had been there for nearly 40 years. I am terribly disappointed to hear of this development.”
Commissioner Krepp, in whose Single Member District the new 7-Eleven resides, said yesterday, “Like Commissioner Jayaraman, I will oppose this application if it is true…this afternoon, I sought clarification from 7-Eleven.”
7-Eleven has become a bad neighbor in the eyes of many in the community, as the corporation has proven unresponsive to neighborhood concerns and the franchise holders are unable to deal with them. The new store is scheduled to open on June 14.