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Jul 13, 2010 5:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

7-Eleven quietly moving into Montauk

Jul 13, 2010 5:35 PM

A 7-Eleven convenience store is quietly sneaking into Montauk. So quietly in fact, that East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson didn’t even know about it until he received a call from an inquisitive Montauk resident on Monday morning.

“I had no idea,” he said at the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Monday night. “In one way, this certainly clears up the rumor that the planning department is in our hip pocket,” he quipped.

According to Councilwoman Theresa Quigley, who was informed about the project by Mr. Wilkinson around 11 a.m. on Monday and spent the day trying to discover the details, the former Texaco station on Montauk Highway across from the IGA, is being converted into a 7-Eleven without the need for a site-plan review before the Town Planning Board, which is why no one knew about the project.

Senior Building Inspector Tom Preiato said Tuesday that the property is owned by Plaza Surf and Sports owner Peter Ferraro, who he believes signed a lease with Southland, the parent company of 7-Eleven, Inc. Mr. Preiato said Southland has said they want to be “as cooperative as possible,” and are even willing to change the name on the exterior sign from 7-Eleven to something more acceptable, such as Hampton Market.

The wheels began rolling on the project in February, when the owner came to the Town Planning Department with Suffolk County approval to upgrade the septic system and received a town building permit, Ms. Quigley said she learned after talking with Town Planning Director Marguerite Wolffsohn. Then in May, the owner received another building permit to renovate the interior space of the structure. Because there was no change to the structure’s exterior and the intended use was permitted, the proposal apparently did not trigger any red flags around Town Hall or require any special attention.

“If you build a totally conforming structure, you go to the building inspector and just get a building permit and that’s totally the discretion of the building inspector,” Ms. Quigley said.

Mr. Preiato said he understands not everyone is happy with the decision, but that Southland is doing everything according to code.

“They do require a site-plan approval before they do any exterior work,” Mr. Preiato said. “But as a matter of right, it went from a gas station and is now a retail store, which they are entitled to.”

Ms. Quigley said she was told the owners planned to redo the parking lot in the fall, which will require a site-plan review. The owners are also applying for a sign permit, which will be regulated through the Design Review Board, she said. Mr. Preiato also said he has spoken to Police Chief Ed Ecker and is looking into restricting left-hand turns onto Montauk Highway from the site.

Lisa Grenci, chairwoman of the CAC, said she was disappointed the project was able to slip under the radar and that reviewing it in the fall would be too late.

“The use changed from a gas station that had limited hours and now we’re going to have a 24-hour 7-Eleven,” she said. She said she assumed that all 7-Elevens are open 24 hours but said she did not know for sure. She also mentioned bad traffic conditions on Montauk Highway and the need for late-night tractor trailer deliveries as additional problems with the project. “Business owners here cannot compete with that kind of conglomerate. We cannot stop the franchise from coming but we can at least use the tools we have in the town code to regulate how it’s done.”

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By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Jul 14, 10 10:10 AM
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Really bad. There goes local business!
By localwater (35), east hampton on Jul 14, 10 10:12 AM
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say hello to your new hiring hall !
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Jul 14, 10 11:17 AM
Oh my god modern civilation finally coming to Montauk! Competition is good, regular goods and services are inflated in Montauk as it is, maybe a gas station will be next...lets get it under $ 4.00 a gallon !
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Jul 14, 10 12:11 PM
we have many stores &delis that stay open year around.if you hate it (as i do)do not patronize the place ,even if you are having a nicotine fit at 3 a.m.!let them see what a winter in montauk is really like!
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Jul 14, 10 1:48 PM
I agree with BlueStreak. Anything will be better than that empty building greeting you when you enter Montauk. Now I can get a paper and milk when I get into town after 10PM. Let the people of Montauk vote on 7-11with their pocket books.
By Bray (2), Montauk on Jul 14, 10 5:34 PM
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Since when is Montauk so uppidy that a 7-11 is too low brow? 10 years ago they would have held a parade.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jul 14, 10 5:55 PM
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I'm not crazy about the idea, BUT how can this be worse than that disgusting "Village Deli" next to Ronnie's that's empty ALL YEAR?! It will provide some year round jobs, and be a real convience to those who head out early (fisherman, surfers, etc) and get into town late to avoid traffic.
By MontaukLou (2), Montauk on Jul 14, 10 6:42 PM
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Just went through Montauk Village 6:25 PM two of three deli's already closed does anyone wonder why 7-11 wants to be here?
By independent observer (34), east hampton on Jul 14, 10 6:45 PM
that is the reason these people don't want it . They have a monopoly out there and don't like when competition moves in that might force them to stay open a little late. I say TO BAD! Montauk is the END but last time I looked still in America!
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 15, 10 7:44 AM
We all know the Delis especially the unnamed one by the docks are ridiculously overpriced. All those who say I will never go there, we will see what you do when you're out of something you need and it's 9:30 on a Tuesday in December. If they don't make it look like a traditional 7/11 and are willing to name it something else, it seems as if they are addressing some local concerns. Remember the Texaco that was there previously was a chain gas station as are two of the other stations in town Mobil ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 15, 10 1:17 AM
I thought chains were not allowed in the town of East Hampton...oh that's right...it's ONLY Montauk...who cares...as usual they get the shaft! I'm sure the 7-11 comes with some illegals looking for work too, right?
Absolute BS!! Let's see them put one on the corner of Newtown Lane and Main ST. this winter when the pop up stores close for the winter!!!!
By SueHas (5), East Hampton on Jul 15, 10 7:29 AM
What is... As you put it Absolute BS, Is the fact that EH can tell a legal business they are not allowed to open shop. Its protectionism. This kind of un constitutional crap is way out of line. If you want them to conform to a town code or look for the building fine, but who are you to say no chains.mind your own business this is America and southland or barnes and noble have rights too.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 15, 10 7:53 AM
maybe you shpuld move upwest then
By SueHas (5), East Hampton on Jul 15, 10 8:22 AM
Maybe you should move to Tiananmen Square . And while your going take the East Hampton A.R.B. with you
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 15, 10 2:10 PM
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Once you allow one chain store you have to have others if they want to open up a business also....Montauk...The End to one of the beautiful Hampton areas that we grew up to love to come to relax...NO MORE.
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 15, 10 7:44 AM
tell me exactly how having a more convenient place to buy goods is going to interfere with your ability to relax?
By tm (174), mtk on Jul 15, 10 11:28 AM
Relax, you got to be kidding, I have been out there since the 70's and every summer it has gotten worse. if you go to iga you have no where to park. one has to go in and the other has to circle the block until the other comes out.Try buying gas with those prices.
By banjack (45), port jeff on Jul 15, 10 10:45 AM
BEN & JERRY"S is a CHAIN store. "Chains" are already in MTK.... DUH!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 15, 10 4:14 PM
By asurest (117), easthampton on Jul 15, 10 6:13 PM
Please correct me if i'm wrong, but the ban on "chain" stores has specific items that must be met. say, a McDonalds would be completely banned in the town, but a privately owned "franchise" ie the ben and jerry's would not fall under this ban, neither would a privately owned 7/ 11.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Jul 15, 10 6:27 PM
there is no "ban" in reality. that tyope of ban is patently illegal.

instead the way it works is that to stop a McD's...the ban drive thrus, so McD's wont want to come bc thats huge part of their business. They also limit store size...so then no Walmart, etc., b/c they dont want the space restrictions. .
By tm (174), mtk on Jul 16, 10 8:49 AM
McDonalds can be privately owned "franchises" as well as Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Dunken Donuts etc.....
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 16, 10 11:47 AM
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Isn't Coach a retail chain? And Scoop, et. al.?
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Jul 16, 10 7:15 PM
I remember in Sag Harbor when everyone was all nutz that 7-11 was going to move in. People were having a tizzy over it. Fast-forward to today and it's hard to think how we survived without it. Nice to go there at 3 a.m. to get a coffee or something that you really need at 3 a.m.
By Dayo (33), Sag Harbor on Jul 15, 10 7:41 PM
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Don't welfare offices usually have tan or brown bricks as opposed to the bank like reddish bricks of the Sag Harbour 7/11.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 16, 10 11:50 AM
WAHHHH WAHHHHH!!!! move then turds. ccccause you cant always get what you want.
By ghost (29), hampton bays on Jul 16, 10 5:56 PM
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Maybe the real problem is we've forgotten how to prepare, and stock our pantries.

Maybe MAKE your own coffee in the morning?

Maybe MAKE your own hot breakfast?

Maybe you'd notice you'd save ALOT of money doing it over time?

The reason the complacency over the Sag Harbor 7-11 exists, is because people have chosen a different way to live their lives, with easy access to ready made things.

Warranted, maybe you're all thumbs in the kitchen, but how hard is ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 16, 10 6:08 PM
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Maybe we should shoot and skin deer for clothing ...Maybe we should live in houses made of sticks. pathetic
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 16, 10 11:23 PM

Pathetic is paying someone else to do what you are well able, and capable of doing for yourself.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 19, 10 9:50 AM
Like having a crew of illegals mow your lawn!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 19, 10 5:10 PM
Melodrama continues.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 16, 10 7:08 PM
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By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 16, 10 11:12 PM
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And you would know this...why? Perhaps you, yourself have been an "odd" one once or twice. Grow up.
And really, Montauk the Cocaine Capital of the East End. Now at least the cops can get a cup of coffee to keep them from dozing off in this sleepy little town that's not!
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By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jul 18, 10 2:34 PM
i;m proud of my oddity , especially my peg leg and hook for a hand, but i guess you've never been to a 7-11 after dark. pack up the lexus and take a ride on the wild side
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 18, 10 10:27 PM
Can someone tell me what you expected to go into that location? Certainly not another gas station. A clothing store? Office? For years there has been talk of a 7-11, or something like that, going into that space. If there are people in Montauk who are passionate about that propert, then why don't they get together and buy it from the owner and leave it vacant? I'm sure the owner would sell it for the right price. If the community of Montauk is that much opposed then don't patronize it. With ...more
By formertbm (76), east hampton on Jul 16, 10 11:52 PM
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I'd rather see a 7-Eleven than another overpriced, dirty deli or other establishment that only takes cash(hmm rip off IRS?) and closes at 3pm and is vacant half the year. I think this will maybe put the small business owners in check. Just because its "The End" doesn't mean there shouldnt be an end to what I should pay for a gallon of gas or a burger. The IGA is a rip off. The Real Estate is over priced, the Motels look like they are falling down but still charge $400 a night. Nothing is new or ...more
By montaukfisher (1), smithtown on Jul 17, 10 12:05 PM
what do most people want at 3a.m.?beer ,rolling papers,&a place to score -fill in the blank.hopefully a police officer will get some coffee?
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Jul 17, 10 9:08 PM
Oh please, .tell me that doesn't already exist in Montauk for years. At least with a 7 11 you know what you're going to get. Why do so many east end people freak out about chains. Most chains are AFFORDABLE!
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 10 1:33 PM
please, you sound hysterical
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 18, 10 12:02 AM
And you would know this...why? Perhaps you, yourself have been an "odd" one once or twice. Grow up.
And really, Montauk the Cocaine Capital of the East End. Now at least the cops can get a cup of coffee to keep them from dozing off in this sleepy little town that's not!
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jul 18, 10 2:33 PM
Starbucks, Calvin Klein occupying half of Main St, EH, Juicy Coutoure, c'mon...a "chain" store is a chain store, no matter how fancy the name.
Montauk's just pissed because now Gaviola's has competition. It's called free enterprise. Last time I looked, this was still America, where we have the freedom to not have monopolies dictate what stays & goes. Nobody snuck anything under the radar. Just because select people don't want it to interfere with their livelihood, too bad. There is a need ...more
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jul 18, 10 2:48 PM
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just a comment- if you believe you've been raped by a deli maybe you should avoid all establishment that provide processed meats and cheeses, freshly sliced, at reasonable prices, rye or white?

holy craaaaaap! montauk gets a story and they come out of the woodwork. LIGHTEN UP LADY!!!,
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 18, 10 11:00 PM
Hey CaptainSig wannabe..this is a public forum where we're invited to comment...not to attack each other. I have an opinion, you have yours. No need to be nasty, unless of course, in keeping with your wannabe t.v. personna, you feel the need. I prefer the Hillestrands anyway. Have a nice day.
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jul 19, 10 6:09 PM
ah yes, the hillstrand boys- they're just boys for cryin' out loud. ive been hauling Ophies since they was crappin their knickers!! Arghhh! another shot across me bow!!!!!
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 20, 10 7:07 AM
We live in a country in which we cherish the Rule of Law, including our local zoning laws.

If a proposed use complies with law, it should be allowed.

If the zoning law needs to be revised and amended, so be it.

Pretty simple, without all the melodrama!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 18, 10 2:51 PM
I have been visiting Montauk since I was a young boy. Thanks to my Uncle and Beloved Aunt I found a place to hold my memories. Every time I come into town I get a sense of comfort , like I just walked into my house to the smell of hot coffee or a pot of sauce cooking for Sunday dinner. It is up to the people of the community to control the comings and goings of 7 -11. Complaining about it does nothing, go to the meetings and voice your concerns. I understand the concern but if no one gets out ...more
By mudshark (1), copiague on Jul 18, 10 10:20 PM
i like your post but--- do you know what a mud shark is???
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 18, 10 10:30 PM
If you dont want the 7-11, then you can start by protesting Plaza Sports, owned by Mr. Ferrara.
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Jul 18, 10 11:16 PM
By ghost (29), hampton bays on Jul 19, 10 4:24 PM
enough with the 7-11's please - they are a blight upon the landscape.
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Jul 19, 10 12:04 PM
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you are a blight upon humanity.
By ghost (29), hampton bays on Jul 19, 10 4:23 PM
I could totally go for slurpee right now.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Jul 19, 10 4:43 PM
a slurpee and a lap dance--hmm could be messy but what the hell
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jul 20, 10 7:10 AM
Brain freeze, lap dance, and amyl nitrate!

How's that for a triple play?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 20, 10 11:24 PM
One of my 2nd (or was it 3rd?) jobs required that I travel at all hours during the night & early morning. When I had to go to Montauk, I always charged 5 times more because everyone knew (especially in the winter) that I was, in essence, entering the Dead Zone. 7-11s have been a God send to those of us who do have to travel while all of you are tucked into your nice warm little beds. It's a place to stop, relax for a few minutes after driving hundreds of miles and enjoy a good hot cup of coffee ...more
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jul 21, 10 8:59 AM
I'm for anything that gets the bums from in front of the Shagwong in the middle of town and gets them to the outskirts.
By montaukman (98), easthampton on Jul 23, 10 7:33 PM