Is 7-Eleven a symbol of gentrification?

From Echo Park to Lincoln Heights,  new 7-Eleven  stores  have opened or are in the works for several Eastside locations. Recently the home of the Slurpee and Big Gulp  staked a claim on yet another street corner: Alvarado Street and Beverly Boulevard in Historic Filipinotown.  Representatives for the chain are seeking permission from the city to turn a former Valero gas station (recently re-branded into a Chevron) into a 24-hour store selling beer and wine.  What’s behind all these new stores? In 2009, the company announced  an aggressive expansion across Southern California to take advantage of low real estate prices, said the L.A. Times.  But the chain in a press release added that it also wanted to join the coffee houses, yoga studios, galleries  that are opening in up-and-coming urban and downtown neighborhoods:

The company also wants to be part of re-gentrification efforts in neighborhoods where it plans to grow that are undergoing revitalization.

With the chain planning  to open 600 new 7-Eleven stores across the region, expect to see more people sipping Slurpees instead of cappuccinos.


  1. Never in my life have I associated 7-11 with revitalized neighborhoods.

  2. Agreed with the above posters. The idea is ridiculous.

  3. hilarious that they try to frame themselves as a force of gentrification! yeah right.

  4. 7-11 is such bullshit. They have shown the complete opposite of concern for people and communities. There’s not a single healthy thing to eat there and the parking lots are typically filled with drug addicts, drunks, and people who really need some serious help. 7-11 opens stores and really doesn’t give a hell what kind of impact it has on the neighborhood or community. Just last week, I was bum-rushed by a drunk at the Venice location on Lincoln and realized of all the sketchy places I’ve been in life, 7-11 works hard to compete.

    • Oh Hadley, You make it sound like if junk food and soda pop didn’t exist or weren’t accessible then people wouldn’t consume it. I think that is the same rational of “the war on drugs”. If there isn’t a market for a product then the product goes away and the opposite is true too.

      The homeless / drunks / addicts hang out at 7-11 the same reason they hang out at freeway exit ramps and busy intersections. Begging is a numbers game. It has nothing to do with 7-11 or their business practices.

    • I’m guessing the apples, bananas, wheat sandwiches, and salads they sell aren’t healthy, they sell this stuff and its a small step towards their offerings

      • One time I was sitting in my car in a 7-11 parking lat in Lawndale, and I looked over to the car next to me to find a women playing with a tiny kitten sitting in a french fry box from McDonalds. I know that’s irrelevant to the discussion, but I really had to share it.

    • That Lincoln/Pico 7-11 is a vortex of craziness. The whole surrounding area gets sucked in.

  5. If thats true then theyve basically gentrified most of the globe. I’ve found 7-11’s all over the world. Hong Kong has 1 on almost evey block.

    • Except India. The country doesn’t allow for markup so whatever’s posted on the package is what the item costs. I imagine that’s bad for lofty profit margins.

  6. There’s no better way to bring a neighborhood down. Well, maybe there are worse things, but 7-11 is no help.

  7. I heard that 7-Eleven is eyeing a spot at Glendale Blvd. & Berkeley Street. Neighbors are not happy and have been vocal in their opposition. These good neighbors would really appreciate your support in saying “No” to 7-Eleven.

    • Agreed!! 7-11 is bad news for the Glendale/Berkeley location. Those few blocks on Glendale have McD, BK, KFC, Taco Bell, Jack, Dominos, AM/PM. No thank you!

  8. As a kid 7-11 was my sometime-hangout. The Rowena/hyperion one: Vid games, free magazines (to read), the occasional free slurpie courtesy of the clerk, spotting David Lee Roth buying milk at 1am, etc.
    It was the spot to get away from my crazy Mom. Also had the muscle car meets before everyone caravaned to the street races or OCIR).

    So I have to admit to some nostalgia here for me. Though there was a owner change, no longer able to read mags or flip through the Recycler/auto trader for free, etc., no more car meets, …..and I grew up ;-/

    I haven’t been inside a 7-11 for years, but for nostalgic reasons I’m attached. Wow, can’t believe I’ve said that about a 7-11 :-/

    • Is it me or did 7-11 food look so appetizing when I walked in as a kid back in the 80’s. yes they had arcades, a lot more magazines, they where cool. I live near one (sunset rosemont) and I only buy soft drinks or the occasional milk carton and beer, but the food looks so gross. Ill starve than eat a hot dog or nachos. those nachos have changed, i remember them being soo good.
      but I will give them credit, the staff is so nice there.
      No 7 eleven on alvarado glendale berkely!! have you seen that tiny excuse for a parking lot. the intersection that belongs in hell. hell naw!!

  9. What is RE-gentrification?

  10. I love my local 7-11 at Silver Lake blvd. and Effie. The guys that work there a supper nice and friendly, they know my name, ask me how my day was and so on. Plus they always know what’s going on in the neighborhood and know many regulars as well. That is more then I can say about a lot of Mom and Pop “quickie marts” in LA.

    • That 7-11 is pretty cool, gotta admit.

      • The COOLEST was the “Rock ‘n Roll” 7-11 on Fig in Highland Park, until it changed franchisees a couple years ago and was conformed more strictly along corporate lines. Long gone is the beer cooler stocked with its varied selection of micro brews sold under a nonstop heavy metal soundtrack emanating from its speaker system.

        • Yeah – I called that one the Indie 7-11 – pretty bummed when they fell in line with corporate, but kudos to them for sticking to their guns for as long as they did.

  11. Highland Park? Everyone knows Heavy Metal 7-11 is on Sunset between La Brea and Fairfax, right by Rock n’ Roll Ralph’s.

    • B.E. may proudly purport that “everyone” knows where the “Heavy Metal” 7-11 is, but clearly B.E. never got a chance to get acquainted with the aforementioned (and now-sadly-homogenized) “Rock ‘n Roll” 7-11 at North Fig and Avenue 52.

  12. i think they want to re-brand themselves and tap into the more affluent class, while keeping their existing loyal customers. if you notice, 711s are now cleaner, have a wider food offering, and they really try hard to excel in customer service

  13. My family lived on 7-11 food when we visited Japan but I wouldn’t touch the 7-11 food here.

  14. bad flourescent lighting, toxic food and filthy parking lots.

    • You think they don’t use florescent lighting at your beloved Whole Foods or any other market?
      Yes, they offer some unhealthy choices because there is a market for that. Not everyone can afford/nor wants to eat healthy everyday. But nary a one 7-11 that I’ve been to hasn’t at least offered fresh fruit, unsalted nuts and fruit juice. (see Robaire above)

      7-11 keeps their portion of the parking lot clean. They often share that responsibility with the other tenants who don’t see it as a priority.

  15. Mr. Todd hasn’t been to the 7-11 @ Daly and North Main in Lincoln Heights.
    LED lighting, not fluorescent, fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches, sushi (dated down to the hour it was cut) and the parking lot gets repaved every year or so.
    If only the Citibank ATM would take deposits…

  16. So much concern for a store that has been a go to place for many of us at some point of our lives.

    We all change in some way,from the food not looking so good to thinking what happens outside their doors they would have control of.

    It’s a convenient store,nothing more.

  17. I live, quite literally, around the corner from that Valero/proposed 7-11 and I would be thrilled to have them come in. Is it Whole Foods? No. But I can’t be any shadier, dirtier, unhealthier or pricier than the liquor store and other establishments slinging malt liquor and Flaming Hot Cheetos in the dodgy strip mall on the opposite corner.

  18. Yay, Slurpee’s!!
    My kids love 7-11

    Great stop for mom with kids for Chips- Soda Pop n Snacks on our way the the Park!!!

    So many Debbie Downers in the Community- and NaySayers -Buuuh!!!
    Ugh, Drama Queens and Queenos-

      7-11 is best at what it does! It doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

      And hey, when you become recognized by the friendly staff, it feels pretty good!

      By the way BEANTEAM is exactly what it is too.

  19. Slurpees @! and 2 Chilidogs for 99cents Provide a Needed Service and Job Opprotunity within the Community. I just dont see any difference between The Red Hill Cafe and Wallgreens …. Whatevers happend to Fosters Freeze !

  20. Is this a joke? I could see something like a Famima being labeled a sign of gentrification, but 7-11? C’mon. You’ll find them in the sketchiest of neighborhoods.

  21. Everything is a symbol of gentrification to these buffoons who think that they have a perpetual claim to the neighborhood because they moved here in the 80s or 60s or whatever.

  22. The 7-11 in my community sells Belgium beers and decent wine. THAT might be a sign of “gentrification”… I hate that word. Everyone likes good beer and wine.

  23. I HATE 7/11 Never will I step in there stores ever again. putting small mom and pop stores out of buisness with there sneaky behind the sceans tactics. looks like corporate take over to me, the future looks very sad if I have to see these fools on every corner like a sunset hooker.

    • how are they putting anyone out of business? that spot has been empty for about 113 years now.

      • No, it hasn’t. It’s been an operating gas station for years. It was some kind of independent station before Valero took it over a few years ago. Now it’s a Chevron. Even says so in the article. It was never, however a “mom and pop store” and if anybody thinks there are any respectable independently owned stores in the immediate vicinity that are threatened by a 7-11 in this spot, they’re sadly mistaken.

  24. Ok.. for those of u who want to blame 7-11 for the losers surrounding the stores.. I must tell u now that it is the employees fault.. all 7-11 stores are required to have vagrants and bums removed as all property is supposed to be customers only.. don’t blame the company for the stupidity and laziness of its employees.. 7-11 Actually contributes a lot to new growth.. and also the do a lot to help someone own a 7-11 to own one… I work for a 7-11 franchisee.. who also happens to be my friend.. my girl works there as well.. so many ppl drive past other 7-11 stores to come to our store.. so y blame them when its all about the associates working,… And as far as the Stupid ass comment about nothing healthy.. OPEN UR EYES!… Try looking at the fresh food case… Fruit, salads, veggies, cheese…healthy “fresh fit” sandwiches…

  25. i work for 7-11 do not patronage the 7-11 sweat shops they paid lousy wages and treat their employes like garbage they can accuse you of stealing before they look at the video tapes only to find out the other employee stole from his co workers cash register they tell you that your responsible for your cash register but anyone can access your draw by putting in his or her id # and then the manager dont have the guts to tell you what really happened when they fire the other person on your shift who confesses to the crime they also hire people to be supervisors but fail to tell the other employees this fact they dont feel compeled to have to let us know who is a supervisor and who is not and the supervisor told me basicaly my having a break was based on me getting all my tasks done whats up with that when did any job require to finish your work to earn the right to have a 10 minute break especial a place which does not give its employees a breaks or lunch and you stand 8 hours straight and also someone gets a title and it goes to their head a young kid thinks they are superior to everyone else and bark out for you to finish thier tasks like your a flunky

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