Monday, August 8, 2011
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New 7-Eleven to open on Main Street
to further expand
chain within the
Ann Arbor area
By HALEY GOLDBERG
Slurpee fanatics and taquito
lovers will soon have another
haven in downtown Ann Arbor as
a 7-Eleven convenience store on
Main Street prepares to open in
the third week of August.
7-Eleven spokeswoman Mar-
garet Chabris wrote in an e-mail
interview that the new store -
located at 704 South Main Street
- will offer students and resi-
dents of Ann Arbor the "normal
assortment of products" sold at
the chain, as well as round the
clock convenience and employ-
After opening two stores in
Ann Arbor in the past year, Cha-
bris said the 7-Eleven chain hopes
to continue to expand in the area
in the coming years.
She added the other down-
town 7-Eleven store - which
opened in January on South State
7-Eleven opened a location on State Street this past January.
Jim Smith, owner of Washt-
enaw Dairy located on South Ash-
ley Street just a block away from
the new 7-Eleven store, said he
can't rely on distance to decrease
competition between the two
While Smith said the opening
of the 7-Eleven would most likely
impact his beverage sales, he said
he anticipates that his store's spe-
cialties will continue to maintain
his customer base and business.
"We are not like a big party
store," Smith said. "We are more
of a family place - they come
down to eat ice cream and donuts
and coffee and stuff like that.
We've got a lot of loyal customers
... people have come down here
However, Smith said he still
maintains a positive attitude in
light of the new competition his
"They're a big outfit, so they
can open up anywhere they want
really," Smith said. "I'm not
upset about it. I mean everything
changes, life changes every day.
You can't get upset over people
doing business. Everybody wants
to do more business so that's just
the way the world is."
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Street - has been successful thus
far and has met the expectations
of the chain.
7-Eleven first became inter-
ested in developing in the Ann
Arbor area after their Michi-
gan real estate director, who
had previously lived in the area,
saw potential for growth for the
chain, according to Chabris.
Though the chain is increas-
ing its presence in downtown Ann
Arbor, independent convenience
stores said they do not anticipate
much of a decrease in their sales.
Jerome Kamano, owner of
Diag Party Shoppe on South State
Street, said he has seen little
change in business since 7-Eleven
opened down the street from his
shop, adding the store has built
a "good clientele" in its 21-year
Similarly, Maher Jaboro, co-
owner of A & L Wine Castle on
West Stadium Boulevard, said he
supports the opening of the new.
7-Eleven on Main Street since its
distance from his store most like-
ly will not hinder his business.
"I think downtown needs
something like a 7-Eleven, but
again, if I was down the road
it would be a different story,"
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