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Posted on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

7-Eleven close to opening on South Main as chain seeks more Ann Arbor locations

By Lizzy Alfs


The 7-Eleven, located at 704 South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, is slated to open by August 5.

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A 7-Eleven convenience store is set to open its second downtown Ann Arbor location in early August, said company spokeswoman Margaret Chabris.

Renovations are underway at the site, which is located at 704 South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. Recently, the standard green, orange and red 7-Eleven sign was installed on the outside of the building.

Chabris said the business should be open by August 5.

Now, the chain is also expressing interest in building more stores in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

The international convenience store chain signed a deal for the 3,000-square-foot store on South Main in January. The building was previously occupied by Austin & Warburton Jewelers.

The property is owned by DKH Exchange, an entity registered to Keith Hayward of Ann Arbor.

Jim Chaconas of Colliers International, who represented both the retailer and the building owner in the transaction, said that the 7-Eleven is a good fit for this location because there is not a similar convenience store nearby.

“Where on Main Street, besides on the other side, can you go and get beer, wine, a slurpee, a hot dog,” Chaconas said. “Plus, it will be great for sporting events.”

Downtown Ann Arbor’s other 7-Eleven location opened in January at 318 South State Street between Noodles & Company and Red Hawk Bar & Grill.

Chaconas said he is continuing to look for additional store locations for the chain in the area.

“There’s interest in one by Ypsilanti and talk about putting another one or two in Ann Arbor,” he said.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 4:11 p.m.

Please bring 7-Eleven to the northside!


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 2:54 p.m.

There is already a party store across the street (gas station on corner of madison and main) and the Washtenaw Dair sells beer. Unless the 7-11 will be open 24 hours a day, it serves no additional purpose in the area except corporate competition for local businesses.

Angry Moderate

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 5:56 p.m.

Oh no! We can't have corporations competing with our businesses!


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 3:13 p.m.

The 7-11 has a parking lot, and is more conveniently located off of Main... Additionally, I'm sure they will offer a larger selection of not only beer, but also groceries -- compared to either WD or the gas station.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 2:12 p.m.

If you ask me, which nobody has, that's not downtown. Good Night and Good Grief


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

I believe this will be the closest beer store to the stadium. Hope they stock up for the Notre Dame game. People will be drinking from about 10:00 for that bad boy. I'll buy the ghost a beer or a squishy if he appears.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.

I wish there was one opening in Saline. That would be very cool!

Dr. I. Emsayin

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:03 p.m.

The Pioneer High School students will find this a popular destination.

Dr. Webster

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 11:57 a.m.

You can never have enough beer stores! Competition keeps the price down and lower prices mean greater compsumption. We all know what great consumption of beer leads to.......Oh yeah!

Jack Gladney

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. ~ Benjamin Franklin ...Oh yeah!

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 12:18 p.m.

"consumption of beer leads to...." AA

Rob MI

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 11:51 a.m.

To discover that both this building and Michigan Book and Supply (as someone reported on another thread) were both once Kroger locations fascinates me. Given the trend of the past decades to turn supermarkets into over-sized behemoths makes me wonder what shopping in those stores, with their small amount of retail space, was like--and those stores, I'm sure, were larger than the family-run groceries that preceded them.

Charlie Brown's Ghost

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 7 p.m.

I think Lonnie is right.


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 4:29 p.m.

I always thought Michigan Book and Supply was a Kresge. On the side of the building on North University, above the back door, you can see the word Kresge. I wonder about that......


Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

More business in Ann Arbor! more revenue and jobs! plus slurpee's :)

Townie John

Thu, Jul 21, 2011 : 11:37 a.m.

Now the buildings gone back to its roots. It was a Kroger store back in the 50s