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Aug 31, 2010 4:47 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Controversial Montauk 7-Eleven to open on Wednesday

Aug 31, 2010 4:47 PM

The doors to the new 7-Eleven in Montauk were locked for what could be the last time on Tuesday, as the 24-hour convenience store prepped for its grand opening.

The shelves were stocked, the refrigerators were running and the coffee bar was ready for its first brew, said 7-Eleven Regional Manager Mike Scales. He said the store will be open for business sometime today.

The original opening was planned for Tuesday, Mr. Scales said, but was delayed while the store waited for its certificate of occupancy from East Hampton Town, which was expected Tuesday evening.

The convenience store moved into the empty building on Montauk Highway, across from the IGA, that was formerly home to a Texaco gas station. Though the store is still without a sign, one is expected to be erected.

The store will keep the 7-Eleven name, although previously East Hampton Town officials had said the chain might adopt a different name for the Montauk location to help preserve the character of the local community. Though the company has decided to keep the name, a company spokesperson said the owners will work with the East Hampton Town Design Review Board this fall to design a sign that is suitable to the community.

News of the chain store moving into Montauk surfaced in mid-July. At the time, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said he did not know the gas station was being converted to a 7-Eleven because there were no exterior changes to the building and it did not require any sort of review by the town because it would remain a “retail use.”

The disclosure sparked a largely negative reaction from the Montauk community, including the creation of the Facebook group, “Boycott the 7-Eleven Opening in Montauk,” which has more than 300 members.

Paul Monte, president of the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber was not in favor of the 7-Eleven moving in, and has for years asked the town to acquire that property and make it an extension of Kirk Park to avoid exactly what has happened now.

“It was always our preference that it be taken over by the town and turned into a beautiful entrance to Montauk,” he said. “So, it was not the chamber’s first preference to have a 7-Eleven there.”

He said the chamber respects the need for a vibrant business community and that any retail store there would have elevated local competition, though the 7-Eleven does have an edge because it is part of a conglomerate. He said that he and members of the chamber agree that a 7-Eleven doesn’t seem to fit with the character of the town.

“But we haven’t really seen a finished product yet,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see what they do.”

Mr. Scales said 7-Eleven scouted out the location when it was looking to increase its presence on Long Island. He said the company thinks it will make a good fit in the community.

“People have been stopping by and wanting to buy things even though we are still papered up,” he said, referring to the windows, which remained covered until the store was officially open. “There is a lot of interest.”

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Time to change the zoning laws.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 27, 10 7:07 PM
PS -- to quote from above:

"News of the chain store moving into Montauk surfaced in mid-July. At the time, even East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said he did not know the gas station was being converted to a 7-Eleven because there were no exterior changes to the building and it did not require any sort of review by the town."

Is this an accurate quote?

Is the 7-11 use the same as a gas ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 27, 10 7:25 PM
retail use --> retail use = no site plan review. The gas station had a CO for a convenience store and 7-11 is a convenience store.

The Town, I'm sure, has no regulations on hours of operation for convenience stores, because by their nature, they are convenient (especially to fisherman at 3 AM)
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 10 10:34 PM
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By asurest (117), easthampton on Aug 27, 10 7:48 PM
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oh no! A real store?!?!
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Aug 27, 10 10:24 PM
try driving through montauk now.even with the 7/11 not open yet.only workers &delivery people now . a real cluster F#@&%k.thank you .mr fierro.i don't need cigs or rolling papers at midnight.or a slushie.
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Aug 27, 10 10:49 PM
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It's August, driving through MTK is a real cluster F@&%K regardless of there being a 7/11. I would also Imagine the deliveries are at an increased size and frequency considering they are stocking the entire store to open.
Just because you don't need rolling papers at midnight don't assume no one else does....lol
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Aug 29, 10 10:35 PM
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Its a slurpee, not a shushie
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Sep 1, 10 1:49 PM
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It was not necessary. You're right. But evidentally market research sees opporunity and everyonelocal was 'surfing' instead of acting on what was coming, in order to stop it.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:20 AM
The real question is - in a democratic society - what meaningful action can citizens take? Legal challenges are useless against a political system that enshrines capitalism and property rights and awards human rights to corporations. Boycotts can be effective but not in a tourist community, where visitors are unaware of or unsympathetic to local politics.

As such, I would not be surprised to see the staff firmly but politely escorted outside in the middle of the night before the building ...more
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Aug 28, 10 4:52 PM
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Well, except for the whole "torching" part...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 29, 10 9:25 AM
By ride (6), montauk on Aug 28, 10 8:32 PM
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Like heck, a 7/11 is just what we need !
By EEGO (10), Bridgehampton on Aug 30, 10 9:46 AM
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If our needs are met already, in town, then a boycott isn't even necessary. Ignore them. They don't exist unless you patronize them.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:34 AM
if this town board cant negotiate a change of name, and doesn't have an sniff of what was about to happen there, what else are they missing????? oh...i know.... the privatization of the beaches from atlantic ave to white sands. ie.. no more beach access and driving. this is about to be passed in state court right now! get your noses in the air and start smelling ways to save the fabric of this town. thats why WE elected you.
By tito (56), e hampton on Aug 28, 10 8:59 PM
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The beach between Beachampton and White Sands can not be privatized, as it is Napeague State Park, your East Hampton Town beach driving permit doesn't actually allow you to drive on the beach in this area, you would need a NYS permit and I believe fishing is the only purpose for which you would be able to drive there.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Aug 29, 10 10:49 PM
I agree with you.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:36 AM
Maybe it is time for Montauk to be a town all by itself. In many ways it is sort of seen like that.
By Ebby (75), Sag Harbor on Aug 29, 10 5:59 PM
Absolutely. How do we get started?
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:37 AM
Finally! modern civilization coming to montauk...maybe a reasonable gas station next?
By BlueStreak (34), East End on Aug 29, 10 8:55 PM
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If "modern civilization" is defined by a trashy 7/11 convenience store then modern civilization is in even bigger trouble than anyone could have imagined.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 30, 10 10:58 AM
Competition is healthy and American. But Local consciousness is vital to saving the parts of the whole, if we love our country. Do we love our country?

Local Consciousness preserves America. Have it... or America dies.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:41 AM
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By mntk11, montauk on Sep 9, 10 12:32 AM
Ben & Jerry's is a "chain store" it has been operating for years without all the whining of "no chains". I don't see how a 7/11 could legally be forbidden.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Aug 29, 10 10:51 PM
You are right. WE JUST NEED A LOCAL MENTALITY REQUIREMENT. Then everybody can operate in peace and with prosperity.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:43 AM
By local mentality; I mean Local people's feelings matter. They should hold some weight, by their elected officials, when new ideas come scouting into town.

We know the game. We all must be players and show up every single time, if we wish to preserve what we love. I don't buy that we can't.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:10 AM
noah way starts with ''in a democratic society'' and ends with ''when we torch the place''. look you are free to take your ark and sail outta here...that's true freedom. but you cannot stop progress noah way, noah how.
By HW (21), southampton on Aug 30, 10 7:25 AM
You define a 7/11 convenience store as "progress"?
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 30, 10 10:58 AM
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Wrong again. Read my post, I never called for the place to be torched, only said I wouldn't be surprised if it happened. When citizens have no voice in their government it is up to them to change governments. So says the Declaration of Independence. And that started a long bloody war.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 2, 10 7:14 PM
im confused as to your point. what voice? this is a legal business in a legal location that required no review in order to open thats just the way it is

you cant change the law bc you dont like 7-11

i mean did you prefer the old abandoned gas station?
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 2, 10 10:08 PM
What voice? Exactly. Let Montauk decide what is appropriate for Montauk, not a remote town government that doesn't recognize their concerns.

This country was founded by rich white slave owners who didn't want to pay taxes. The Bill of Rights is an amendment to the Constitution because the Constitution protects property rights.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 3, 10 3:22 PM
"This country was founded by rich white slave owners who didn't want to pay taxes."

i think you've watched Dazed and Confused one too many times, now you are just taking quotes directly from the movie.
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 3, 10 3:48 PM
Convenience is NOT progress. Its experimental suiside.
Sep 5, 10 6:45 AM appended by montauknellie
Convenience is not progress. It is most often a short cut to suicide.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:45 AM
LOCALS didn't do anything to promote small business in that space. Did they?

My mother always told us we "have to be watch dogs. Nobody's going to do it for you."
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:26 AM
Dazed and confused is the general condition of the public at large, and the power (wealth) structure likes to keep it that way.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 6, 10 1:31 PM
yeah.....squishees finally are here!.....welcome Apu!
By uncleronk (136), southold on Aug 30, 10 10:55 AM
no, you just did peoplefirst! good for you, convenience=progress! absolutely.
By HW (21), southampton on Aug 30, 10 12:05 PM
BIG picture. Looking down from where the highest viewer sits...convenience has proven suicidal, self distructive. Its short term satisfactions more often leave long term scars.

Convenience is not the narrow gate to heaven.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:49 AM
i know how to get you progressives to appreciate the 7-11: It'll be owned by a middle eastern family from melville who will send their profits to the motherland and spend whatever is left in nassau county, legions of illegal immigrants will come to get their coffee and prepaid cell phone cards, there wil be plenty of room with which migrant workers can loiter around looking for work night/day, folks on disability will be able to stumble over during the day to purchase olde english and lots of chinese ...more
By HW (21), southampton on Aug 30, 10 12:51 PM
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As with all of your fellow teabaggers, you must bring everything back to prejudice and hate. I feel sorry for you, but I am thankful that you represent a very small, but vocal, part of our society.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 31, 10 7:51 PM
HW will burn it down when he sees it staffed by Pakistanis. Tea-baggers just want to be Brown shirts.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 2, 10 7:17 PM
As politically challenging your comment rings, it is the medicine which has been administered and hopefully it will ' take ' to begin some healing of this convenience illness, AmeriCANs have. We gat what we want. The question is what are we wishing for?

I'll have a marijuana, expresso, cafe' mocha, latte, to go, please! Beam me up, Scottie.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:56 AM
haaa...this is coming from a guy who just called 7/11 trashy...why is that?
By Kaiser Sozay (31), east end on Sep 8, 10 9:09 PM
One thing for sure is the East Hampton police will be busy . Watch the DWI accidents and arrests from this 7-11 to Amagansett increase because of " one for the road " .
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Aug 30, 10 3:59 PM
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What's funny and ironic about the " situation" is that when the most recent comprehensive plan was being discussed, the Town of EH acquiesced to the Montauk business community and kept the zoning laws/ site plan reviews as they were and didn't make them more stringent. In other words, threy gave the people what they want... and it came back to bite them.... These readers that blame the zoning laws don't understand the complex nature of said legislation and to restrict businesses they don't like, ...more
By earl (31), springs on Aug 30, 10 11:31 PM
Yes. That's correct.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:30 AM
A new business is opening in a formerly abandoned building right on the main drag, yeah, that really is a terrible thing. Thanks for your concern folks,more empty storefronts, yeah that's the ticket.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 31, 10 6:57 AM
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As stated earlier, 10 years ago they would've held a parade for this 'grand openning'.
By zaz (197), East Hampton on Aug 31, 10 11:44 AM
Years ago the locals of Sag Harbor were horrified that 7/11 was moving in-guess what? it's the busiest store in town-and those complainers are in there everyday.
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Aug 31, 10 3:03 PM
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Well, if you can't beat 'em...

Dishonor yourself?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 1, 10 4:45 AM
I'm not. I choose Golden Pear.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:35 AM
Oh Thank Heaven For 7/11.... LOL!!!!!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Aug 31, 10 3:59 PM
Look. Either you love American small business or you don't (care).

I vote with my purse. And my purse supports small business, most often.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:37 AM
The "today" in this article refers to Wednesday, September 1. This story will appear in the September 1 issue of The East Hampton Press.
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Aug 31, 10 4:56 PM
Ahhh, "A sign of the times"...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 1, 10 4:41 AM
Nurse from Sag harbor may be on to something. I actually read a letter in another paper from a planning Board memnber in East hampton who said a 7-11 in Montauk will turn East Hampton Town into some kind of strip mall heaven. Sag Harbor is one beautiful village and it has a 7-11 right at the head of Main Street. People like this East hampton Planning Board member are political knukleheads who don't get it. If she is so worried why didn't she and her buddies who are complaining about the 7-11 ...more
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Sep 1, 10 7:11 PM
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Yea, but that little corner of Sag Harbor's world looks so tacky. It doesn't 'belong' there.

*meaning this is my biased opinion. I live there and used it exactly once.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:22 AM
Welcome 7-11...I've been waiting to catch up with the rest of civilization. Now I don't have to pay $2 or more for a crappy cup of coffee at a crappy bagel shop on my way to work...a nice change.
Just like the threats of Hurricane Earl...let's get all worked up BEFORE we see how they do...c'mon already.
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Sep 1, 10 10:23 PM
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Went in yesterday...what a great store!
Great prices and everthing you need 24/7.
it's about time us locals are not subjected to all these ripoff delis and businesses.
Oh Thank Heaven for 7-11!
By wolf22 (7), Montauk on Sep 2, 10 12:14 PM
...'we' locals. I'm a local too. Yes. It should put the market on its toes. This is America. Everyone gets to play.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:27 AM
Well, the "rip off" is mostly caused by exorbitant rent, or property values thanks to the citdiots. S**t rolls downhill, as you know.

Gotta' pay your bills, and a nationwide chain can easily offer lower prices, thanks to lower overhead, and bulk suppliers.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 3, 10 12:35 AM
Look...i get just as frustrated with the tourons as much as anyone....but one thing i will put up with, is my property value going up. i think thats something i can live with.
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 3, 10 9:19 AM
Do you own or rent?
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:32 AM
Curious to note that said controversial 7-11 has been pretty darn busy from the moment it opened.
By dylan32 (64), east hampton on Sep 4, 10 4:15 PM
A longtime resident of the east end, I just wish we could all get along by simply having a' local conscience' when infiltrating any business (as well as residential) region.

Think America! But act locally. That way future generations get to actually see a part of how it was 'back when...'

I hope Seven-11 makes an earnest effort to street clean its curbs, parking lot and every exterior area, as we do, ours. That will show just how community minded they truly are. I hope they ...more
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 6:16 AM
Ralph Lauren should give the course in corporate - local business. Don't ya think?

I'd rather drive by pretty mogel corporations than ugly ones.
By montauknellie (27), Montauk on Sep 5, 10 7:00 AM
This is great. Now, if you need something late at night, you can drive to either Sag Harbor OR Montauk.

Can we get something open late in East Hampton? What about those decrepit buildings on North Main Street? Or maybe we can replace the Starbucks (Dreesen's and Golden Pear have better coffee anyway).
By NWHarbor (7), Northwest on Sep 5, 10 7:13 PM
ralph lauren has fifteen stores on eh village main street....each one more useless tha the other....and u think hes an example of a good "local" business??

youre insane
By tm (174), mtk on Sep 6, 10 11:46 AM
Don't Enders have a convenience store at a gas station that sells the same crap as 7/11?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Sep 6, 10 5:42 PM
maybe East Hampton Village can open up a 24 hour Polo store? or a 24 hour Gucci . This would be a great help.
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Sep 6, 10 7:59 PM
Could the editor of this newspaper and the reporter start with basics? There is no "East Hampton Town Design Review Board" for signs in EH - it is called the "Architectural Review Board". For those of you who don't want to go - don't! The law is the law - and Ben and Jerry's IS a "chain store" folks! AND?! Why not quote planning board members on what the law really is - or do they know and so often ignore it to the deteriment of local businesses. So many silly, off-base, alarmist, bigoted, ...more
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Sep 7, 10 7:34 PM
I agre with you until you say bigoted and racist, please give the examples of bigotry and racism in this thread. Bigotry may be possible to find in with some leway, but racism is not present.
Sep 8, 10 6:31 PM appended by ICE
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Sep 8, 10 6:31 PM
i see old wilkie had the parks department put out trash cans in front of 7-11.
By asurest (117), easthampton on Sep 8, 10 3:34 PM
How much money in kickbacks and bribes did Wilikinson and Quigley receive to allow a 7 eleven to open in Montauk? They say no approval needed. Sure, easy for them to say as they count their pieces of silver. How disgusting. Is this the start of chains coming to Montauk, hurting local businesses?
By Meggie451 (1), New York on Oct 11, 10 1:04 PM