Monday, September 26, 2022

Slurpees and a car wash: 7-Eleven plans submitted for Market Street

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WILMINGTON — A national convenience store retail chain has its eye on Market Street. Plans to construct a 7-Eleven have landed in front of the the City of Wilmington’s technical review committee. There is no date yet on when the committee will hear its project designs.

Plans were submitted Monday for a 7-Eleven to be built at the intersection of Birchwood Drive on 2.72 acres at 4615, 4621 and 4623 Market Street, near Advance Auto Parts. Its proposed location has over 4,300 vehicles pass by daily.

Plans include a 4,790-square-foot building, with 16 indoor and 24 outdoor restaurant seats, as well as a car wash on site.

It’s the second franchise to announce its arrival in southeastern North Carolina in the last year. A 7-Eleven is also being built in Leland on Highway 17 near the Walmart shopping center.

The franchise opened in the Tar Heel State in the 1960s but began closing stores in 1988, as it exited multiple markets due to a leveraged buyout. In 2012, it began reintroducing stores to North Carolina.

There are over a dozen located primarily in the Piedmont region. According to the News & Observer, three also were slated to open in the Triangle in the last six months.

The Dallas-based company boasts itself for being the world’s largest convenience store chain, open 24 hours, seven days a week. As of last fall, it had 78,029 stores in 19 countries and has ranked as a Top 10 Franchisor. The store and market has become known for its iconic Big Gulp and 44-ounce Slurpee; it also serves coffee, fresh-made daily sandwiches, salads, bakery items, hot and prepared foods, and other sundries.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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