The invasion of 7-Eleven into New York reversed course this week when a branch of the convenience store chain on 93rd street and Amsterdam Avenue closed suddenly and without explanation. Notes on the doors directed 7-Eleven fans to the company’s two other local locations on 96th and Broadway and Columbus and 89th.
A reader wrote in that she started noticing some weird developments at the store starting on Sunday: “I popped into 7-11 Sunday night to grab some seltzer water and they had none. Then I noticed all the shelves were sparsely stocked. I asked one of the employees if they were closing and he said they were just doing inventory this week. On Wednesday night I noticed the lights were out, shelves and equipment mostly removed and signs on the door directing people to the store at 96th and Broadway.” She said that the 93rd street location had a “KeyMe kiosk,” which is a locker where people can store extra keys. The boxes are locked using digital fingerprint scanners. Oh you thought 7-Eleven just sold Slurpees, not hi-tech Robocop gadgets!?!
No one was picking up the phone at other local 7-Eleven locations to fill us in on what happened.
Thanks to Malcolm, Kimberly, and Ira.