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.