Storefront Report: Slurpees to flow on York Boulevard

Apparently there is a limit as to how many coffee houses and cafes can open on York Boulevard. Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is preparing to open a store in the former Casa Princesa cafe on the Eagle Rock end of York Boulevard at Tonawanda Avenue. The company has filed for a state license to sell beer and wine.  It would be the only 7-Eleven to operate on York Boulevard as the purveyor of the Slurpee and Big Gulp – as well as beer and wine – expands its presence across Los Angeles.

In 2009, the company announced plans to open 100 new 7-Eleven stores across Southern California through 2012, including up-and-coming urban areas. “The company also wants to be part of re-gentrification efforts in neighborhoods where it plans to grow that are undergoing revitalization,” said a company press release.


  1. Lame and unnecessary. There is an AM/PM a few blocks away and 2 other 7-11’s within a mile or so.

  2. Lame? Probably . Unnecessary? Probably not, at least not in the eyes of 7-11. I am certain that after all this time, they have their formula down to a science, and know exactly how to saturate an area with convenience stores. Were the Hipsters of this area of Highland Park hoping for an upscale wine store, or perhaps a cool little Bodega with a deli, prepared foods, wines, as well as necessary conveniences? Well no one else bought the defunct property in order to do so….. Score: Hipsters Zero, 7-11, One.

    • Hipster is such a tired word. Can’t you be more creative? 7-11 sells a lot of crappy food, which is exactly what this neighborhood doesn’t need.

      • OK, if you like Eastsidearts,I was trying to use the most understood colloquialism, I could have used Dochebag but that’s most likely not creative enough for you either, so how’s Self Indulgent Indie Elitist working for ya? Feel free to include your own definitions if you must. I look forward to being creatively retread by a sanctimonious Eastsider, after all it’s considered sport amongst your types isn’t it?
        In regards to 7-11, it is what it is. I don’t eat their crappy food, because I consider myself more of a snobby foodie and sure do enjoy more healthy and creative offerings. But I have no problem stopping in for an occasional bottle of water, a condom in a hurry, or visine on occasion. Rather than complain about a business opening in a gentrifying neighborhood, why not concentrate on changing zoning or even design standards? That way any business that opens in a hood will at least not be so offensive to the eye and you can forget for a moment that they sell day old slices of pizza and sugary frozen treats on your next walk down to the gastropub.

        • Wow man, you’ve got some issues to work out……

        • (f)art district

          Oh Eric, you are quite the witty little turd aren’t you with all them big words. I bet you are a staunch supporter of the many muffler shops scattered across York Blvd. as they represent the status quo, anti-hipster, anti-gentrification you so strive for. Well guess what Gonzalez, the hipsters are moving in and you will be forced to grab your bottle of water in one of the adjacent neighborhoods…may I suggest the .99 cent store in El Soreno as I am sure you will feel right at home with their local customer profile and the reasonable non-gentrified price tag…

  3. while it’s better than a vacant lot, i wouldn’t say that 7-11 is a harbinger of gentrification.

  4. What is “re-gentrification”?

  5. @Eric, I’m extremely creative, you just sound like a racist a**hole.

    • How you derive that I’m a racist a**hole from my rantings about your your Eastsider BS First World Problems about 7-11 intrusion in a neighborhood in transition is beyond me. You must be right on target about your creativity, cause that’s Genius!! Ask http://yoisthisracist.com/

      • Well I’ve been living in Highland Park since 1981 and I think the 7-11 is wholly unnecessary. As the other dude already pointed out, one on Figueroa, Eagle Rock and Colorado are plenty. We don’t need one on York. When I started working in North Hollywood a year ago, I saw how there was a 7-11 every four blocks and it is ridiculous. And if Eric has the time to defend 7-11 and mock hipsters, he obviously only has 1st world problems too.

        • @ eric gonzalez: sounds a bit racist to me too. eastside arts merely commented on the store and the neighborhood. you jumped to conclusions that he/she is a hipster and actually started describing what their life must be like. since “hipster” is generally defined as “white outsider” here on the eastsider, I am inferring that you are somewhat racist. although there is a chance that I am wrong, you’re not racist and you are more of a “get off my lawn” sort of guy.

          but I agree with you on the 7/11 issue: I am pretty sure that it will be used by the neighborhood quite regularly.

  6. If the neighborhood doesn’t want the 7-11, it will fail. If it doesn’t fail, why should anyone judge their patrons?

  7. If it’s like the 7-11 by my place on Fig & 52, which sells a lovely selection of beer for totally decent prices, then I can get behind that.

  8. Highland park needs 7-11 so it can put the pathetic pos liquor stores who fail to paint over the graffiti on their storefronts out of business. Once the liquor stores are gone it can be replaced with a record store or vintage clothing shop curated by someone who lives in melrose.

    Once a record store and vintage clothing shops start to sprout up, college educated, liberals of all walks of life mainly caucasians and Asians will move in. Gentrification will be complete. 7-11 will remain standing.

  9. My bank doesn’t charge me a fee to pull money out of 7Eleven atm’s so I LOVE the convenience of 7Eleven. That store on Figueroa is too far and the Eagle Rock Blvd. location is so agro because the laundry crowd needs the parking spaces. I hope they sell
    good beer like the Avenue 52 location! If everyone wants to fill their gullet with those bad hot dogs and hangover Big Gulp soda who cares. It’s depressing to see the storefronts empty. No more vintage stores – boring. Amoeba is the record capital. We need MORE restaurants and places that DELIVER food. Yes, places that do take out and delivery my friends. When is the SCOOPS Ice Cream place going to open? What about Ground Works Coffee so we can have good coffee at home instead of hard earned $ to Starbucks or Cafe Leche. Sorry Cafe Leche but I’m talking commerce here.That’s what I am talking about. Let’s get some Korean bbq up in here too! And while we are at it – a community garden in that empty lot across the street from Cafe Leche. Can’t we all just get along, eat and be merry………..?

  10. Whine, whine, whine. Just be thankful you are getting a decent store.

  11. Perhaps it would be preferable to replace the coffee shops and cafes with more auto repair facilities and liquor stores (as they still currently outnumber the “hipster” coffee shops and cafes) since they appear to be so despised by the locos. Oh, but we will definitely keep Fusion Burger because it was opened by humble immigrants, not hipster douchebags (although I find it ironic that they cater to hipster douchebags with their $10 burgers).

  12. In a best case scenario I hope they carry a good craft beer selection like the one on Fig. But I do agree there is serviceable locations already nearby and it feels redundant. I think there trying to attach themselves to Oxy as a late night option that also has a Redbox.

  13. sandra o'rourke-glynn

    just a question and I dont want to offend anyone, as a US citizen but an immigrant too there are lots of plus and minus points to everything you all have commented, but did any of you lodge a complaint or objection with the local government when they filed an application to put this store here? it seems that was the time to complain and let your officials know what tpye of businesses you want getting licenses. As a small local neighborhood business owner in the past I have had many people say to me, Oh we love your business etc but honestly we dont see them enough to remain a viable going concern. We were forced to close but the big chain got bigger and now has more locations. Unless we frequent these small businesses then they just wont stay open but they will probably alwasy be more expensive. 711 however have the money to wait it out and the buying power to be very competitive. They will survive. As for gentricification, it has its good points and bad definately, the neighbourhood gets cleaned up to a point of non recognition but it also becomes less affordable to the artists and individuals who make some of these neighborhoods so unique and charming. Im currently in Europe and have been for the last 7 years and getting ready to move back to LA in September, your posts and comments are keeping me up to date so hopefully my change back into the local LA life wont be so daunting, thank you all of you. Hope you had a great 4th, it sucked here in Ireland:)

  14. The last word. It could be a Wal-Mart.

  15. How did a new 7/11 in the hood turn into racism? I see nothing wrong with the new 7/11 opening in Highland Park. At least they are willing to open there. I see no markets willing to open in the area.

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