Our old pal Willy Staley wrote an article for New York magazine about 7-Eleven’s upcoming NYC takeover. I remember 20 years ago when there were no 7-Elevens in Manhattan. They’re popping up everywhere these days giving bodega owners reason to worry.
7-Eleven is betting that time-starved New Yorkers will come to appreciate the convenience of its more-than-just-sandwiches spread of fresh food, which has, to 7-Eleven’s credit, expanded considerably from its stoner-pleasing roots. While the company is still talented at making food cylindrical in a way God never intended, and Buffalo-ing things that the Lord might never think to Buffalo, it has also introduced fruit and yogurt cups, salads, and other healthier items.