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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 5:59 a.m.

7-Eleven plans to open by year-end on South State in Ann Arbor

By Lizzy Alfs

Ann Arbor’s first 7-Eleven convenience store is moving into 318 S. State St. following the bankruptcy of Ritz Camera, and the owner has plans to open by the end of the year.

The 5,500 square-foot building is under construction, and the projected store opening is Dec. 30, said Margaret Chabris, 7-Eleven spokeswoman.

According to an article, after the building was sold for $1.3 million to local ophthalmologist Reza Rahmani in late 2009, Rahmani listed the building with Jim Chaconas of Colliers International in Ann Arbor to find a tenant for the space.

Chaconas said a lot of tenants were interested in the building, but he closed the deal for 7-Eleven in the middle of the summer because he said the area needed something besides a restaurant.

“We thought the area needed a 7-Eleven,” Chaconas said. “The students need a place where the pricing is consistent and that is open late hours.”

7-Eleven real estate manager Chris Benne said the store, which will be open 24 hours a day all week, will include an upper-level seating area for people to relax and use computers.

“We will have an extension of retail space upstairs, and there will be some tables and chairs available with the idea that we will have people using their computers or enjoying a snack,” Benne said.

Benne said he hopes the downtown location will get a “mix of clientele” and he said he is not relying solely on the student population.

Along with this downtown Ann Arbor location, Benne said the convenience store chain is expanding throughout all of Michigan.

“7-Eleven opened six stores this year in the metro-Detroit area because this is an area of the country where we’re expanding,” Benne said. “And Ann Arbor is obviously a good location for us because of the population and the university.”

7-Eleven will join other business like Five Guys Burgers and Fries and CVS that are also slated to open on South State in the coming months.

Lizzy Alfs is a freelance reporter for Reach the news desk at or 734-623-2530.


Ann English

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 7:10 p.m.

area resident, There was a 7-Eleven on Broadway near Maiden Lane back in the sixties.

rusty shackelford

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 3:31 p.m.

which will be open 24 hours a day all week, will include an upper-level seating area for people to relax and use computers. Wow, a late night haven for homeless people, summer drugged-out vagrants and aggressively drunk dudenators. Sounds like a great business model. Hope they have good insurance.

Atticus F.

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 1:30 p.m.

I'll be happy to see it open up. I've been watching the Diag Party Store gouge people on prices ever since it was Tice's Market...It will be good to see some much needed competition.


Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 11:55 a.m.

This store will be far from the "first" 7-11 in A2, as others have pointed out. Yes, there was one on East University, near Red Hot Lovers, in the same building that housed a Taco Bell. (I have no idea what is in there now.) I'm pretty sure there was one on the north side, as well, but am a bit fuzzy on details.


Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 11:16 a.m.

It'll be a welcome bit of competition to the Diag Party Store and White's Market. I'm sure that the 7-Eleven and CVS will cater to the public's needs.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 10:42 a.m.

mmmmmmmm.......... slurpees........ lunch run.......


Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 9:54 a.m.

Nice to see that part of downtown "classin' it up"

Atticus F.

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 8:42 a.m.

There was one on Packard and Carpenter that was built in 1987. But it went out of business, and is now a vacuum store.


Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 8:30 a.m.

Wasn't there a 7-Eleven on Packard about 25 years ago, out near the intersection with Fernwood?