Another 7-Eleven in Petaluma?

What do you think about the new 7-Eleven on the corner of North McDowell and East Washington?


7-Eleven is the typical convenience store.

You can stock up on gum, chips and hot dogs when passing through, use the bathroom and ATM and buy a Slurpee.

Petaluma already has five of them: at Petaluma Boulevard South and Fourth, on Washington and Howard, on North McDowell near Old Redwood Highway and two more at Perry Lane near the marina and on Lakeville Highway.

But this month, a new 7-Eleven opened in Petaluma on North McDowell and East Washington, next to a 76 Unocal, delighting some residents and drawing criticism from others.

What do you think? Are six 7-Elevens for a town our size too many? What else would you have liked to see at that location? 

Chime in in the comments below.

mikeg55 January 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM
That site has had a gas station there since i was a boy, decades ago. And they have had a mini-mart at that location for a very long time as well. The 7-11 just makes the mini-mart a little bigger and more convenient for people gassing up to pick up a few more things. I'm so glad the gas station has reopened. And have no problem with a 7-11.
Frankie2011 January 09, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Why can't we get more laundry mats in Petaluma? There's really only one "decent" one here. The others are FILTHY DIRTY, HALF THE MACHINES DON'T WORK, AND STILL TAKE QUARTERS (at approx 6.00 per load) IN THIS DAY AND AGE. Please Advise!
Frankie2011 January 09, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Do we really NEED another 7-Eleven "type" store here? Come on now!
Just G January 09, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Don't forget the one near OSH.
mikeg55 January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Nobody complained about the minimart, serving the same function, that was there before. Plus this is already built and open so this conversation is pointless.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 10, 2013 at 04:14 AM
7-11 is a well run company.
John.Maher January 10, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I'd like to see an Apple store at ANY location.
CP January 10, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Do you want to be known as having more 7 Elevens per capita than any other U.S. city....not good....statistics show the 7 Elevens attract/increase crime......major profit is from sale of alcohol, tobacco and Red Bulls.....not good....wake up Petaluma!
Active Thinker January 10, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Very true...getto...it the word...we have more and more extra non petaluma run businesses coming in every day...bummer
Barry Kruse January 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
The amazing thing about the McDowell/Washington intersection is how bad it is for business. That gas station has passed through about half a dozen hands since I've lived here, and it didn't help when the city cut off half their pump access with their useless turn lane. Carrow's died years ago. The Wherehouse died a long slow painful death. Every few years the city comes through and spends a lot of money to upgrade that intersection without actually addressing any of the things that are wrong with it. Probably 90% of the traffic in Petaluma flows through that intersection, and yet it is not a thriving location for businesses.
CP January 10, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Also, not only not local, but 7 Eleven a VERY LARGE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION, NOT U.S. OWNED. The 7 Eleven chain profits from rapidly expanding in the U.S. and pushing their unhealthy options on us, targeting our youth.....read what is happening all over the U.S., 7 Eleven is paying enough rent to push out family owned local businesses, Mom and Pop stores......Better to have nothing at the site than yet another 7 Eleven.... one per City is enough!! More than one is bad news!
Margaret January 10, 2013 at 09:22 PM
A note to CP from 7-Eleven: Hi - Actually - we are a U.S.-based company. Our majority owner is japanese, but 7-Eleven, Inc. of Dallas holds the license for most all countries that have 7-Eleven stores. Also, we franchise our stores to local residents. We want the person owning and running your neighborhood 7-Eleven store business in Petaluma to be from your area, to be invested in your community to be family owned/operated. Have you been to 7-Elevn stores lately? We have lots of healthier choices - even a sugar-free Slurpee. Check out the New York Times article about our fresh foods that we are rolling out across the country. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/business/7-eleven-stores-focus-on-healthier-food-options.html?_r=0 Hope this helps put 7-Eleven our store in context. - Margaret
CP January 10, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Margaret: I am well aware of the NY Times article. All anyone needs to do is walk into ANY of your 7 Elevens and search (in vain) for healthy options.....except for a few pieces of fruit, will be hard to find. You don't fool us!! Also, I saw the earnings release from Japan last week.....the Japanese Parent Company makes LOTS of money from the franchisees!!!!! Which is why they want to invade our cities!!!!!! Please don't try to pretend you are a "healthy option"!!!!!
CP January 10, 2013 at 09:39 PM
From MNN (Mother's Network): "Despite evidence that shows that drinking diet beverages can actually lead to weight gain, sugar cravings, and some serious health problems, many people still think that diet beverages are “free” foods they can have in unlimited quantities with no consequences. Are there really no health consequences of drinking a beverage made with artificial sweeteners, food colorings, and flavorings? All of those artificial ingredients have their health risks. Fortunately, Slurpees, sugar-free or sugar-full, don’t need to be a part of anyone’s diet. If you do want to enjoy an icy, fruity beverage, making your own is easy. Try this watermelon slushee recipe or replace the watermelon in it with whatever fresh fruit is in season".
mikeg55 January 10, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I think CP got a bad slurpee once and never got over it.
mikeg55 January 10, 2013 at 09:53 PM
OMG! 7-11 is not a health food store. And neither is McDonalds, Burger King, Little Caesars and many other places in that shopping center. If you don't like it, you don't have to shop there. Quick Stop is the same type of store. Do you hate that store too?
Tracy Cathcart January 11, 2013 at 05:28 AM
So funny, I saw the new mart there, but didn't even notice it was a 7 Eleven, and I drive past it all the time!
Veronika Noble January 11, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Wow! I was gonna say a city can never have too many 7/11s!-then I read CPs posts you almost influenced me with your thoughts but then your extreme aggression became apparent and I now find your comments not credible. I think that 7/11 will do well its in a good spot. But then again my kids each have slurpee refill cups because its a fun, simple treat. So we are 7/11 fans.
Goofpod January 13, 2013 at 07:27 PM
The government should be involved, regulating how often we can be visiting a 7/11 store. It's readily clear we cannot choose for ourselves. The future of our children's health is on the line. Washington knows best, lets defer to our wise leaders.
John.Maher January 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is why I think it should be an Apple Store.
Frankie2011 January 14, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Yes, we need an Apple Store, A new laundry mat that is clean, modern, and doesn't rip you off. What ever happened to For The People - By The People? Oh, that's right - MONEY and GREED.
CP January 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM
North Bay NewsMan arrested for robbery at 7-eleven Updated at 02:16 PM todayTags:petaluma, crime, north bay news Comment NowEmailPrintReport a typo PETALUMA, Calif. -- A man was arrested a day after he allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven in Petaluma, police said. Who wants more of this??


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