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7-11 is such a drag.

Why is it that so many of the big moneymakers are always a drag on this city? Take for example, 7-11. Yes, this big corporation can’t get its act together enough to contribute to the Elmwood Village neighborhood, even in the simplest of ways. This tree bed at the corner of Elmwood and Summer has been treeless for as long as I can remember. Not only is it treeless, it’s also a garbage pit.

Here we have a business that feeds off of the neighborhood, but because it’s owned by an out of town corporation, it’s going to be a suck on the community, instead of being a friend to the community. All along Elmwood Avenue, business owners keep up their storefronts (for the most part), whether it’s sweeping, or planting trees and gardens.

7-Eleven is an American-Japanese international chain of convenience stores, headquartered in Irving, Texas, that operates, franchises, and licenses some 56,600 stores in 18 countries. 

This 7-11 property sits in the heart of the Garden Walk, which is very unfortunate. All around this corner, homeowners are doing their collective part to beautify the city, and then we have this…

Yes, it’s ultimately The City’s responsibility to replant a tree. But no other responsible business owner would allow such blight to fester on its doorstep for so long. C’mon 7-11, take some pride in your host community, instead of simply going for the money grab.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Erik

    And look at that parking lot.

    Boycott. Not much else you can do.

  • ES M

    No other responsible owner would allow such blight? There’s several examples across Elmwood, Allentown, and the Delaware District of blight and neglect from property owners, both residential and business.

    How about eye building for sale at Delaware and Lancaster? That’s an absolute dump.

    • S.L.Hawks

      Not just several, but a majority of business owners show little regard for the appearance of the immediate vicinity of their public frontage. I can’t remember when was the last time I saw a sidewalk being hosed clean or a gutter scraped or a tree watered, let alone a tree being replanted & then cared for. People, home owners included, seem to think that if The City plants a tree in front of their place, they need not bother to care for it; so it’s no surprise when most of those trees die within a few years.
      As for 7-11, the former owners of Wilson Farms are to blame for selling-out their halfway decent stores to a scummy gas-station snack stand & leaving many city neighborhoods without even that halfway decent source of fairly priced groceries.

      Allowing foreign entities to own our land, utilities, factories, farms, and stores is a gigantic breach of “homeland security”. 7-11 profits go to Japan, National Grid profits go directly to Britain, banks like Marine Midland get sucked-up by scumbags who launder money for drug cartels and terrorists (HSBC, which threw MM’s entire reputation and staff under a bus,) … etc etc . Foreigners must not be allowed to conquer us by buying the lifelines of the USA – but they’re doing it, and will continue until sense prevails (don’t hold your breath! ) .

    • G Orty

      Because 7/11 is an easy target and Newell has an axe to grind.

    • Erik

      Be happy the SLOB who owns it is selling it.

  • Mr. B

    “Yes, it’s ultimately The City’s responsibility to replant a tree.”

    Then, I wonder why this screed wasn’t directed at them . . .


    • mightyNiagara

      Hah I was just about to ask the same.
      Cause Newell likes to attack businesses? Perhaps because there are people who feel businessman should lend a helping hand to the city?
      Although, what if the city didn’t appreciate their help and tear out a tree? That had happened elsewhere

    • lexwood

      they can replace the dead bushes that are on their property. they can pull the 3 foot weeds growing on the tree squares.

      • G Orty

        Yes. And yet, that’s not what this post is about. That would be a more solid, if still very petty, argument marginally worth the time of BRO’s readership.

    • admin_istrator

      Seriously, an entire article complaining about 7-11 and their empty tree bed and then ending the article admitting it’s the City’s responsibility…

  • Buffaloexpat

    The building is owned by benderson. Why is this not directed at them? Do they own the store?

    • S.L.Hawks

      But who is “Benderson”, today? Both he and his ex-wife are dead & buried at Forest Lawn

    • Chris Schmidt

      It looks like it may be 7-11 Corporate:

      Current Entity Name: IJK REALTY ASSOCIATES LLC
      DOS ID #: 3705292
      Initial DOS Filing Date: AUGUST 06, 2008
      County: WESTCHESTER
      Jurisdiction: DELAWARE
      Current Entity Status: ACTIVE

      Registered Agent
      ALBANY, NEW YORK, 12207-2543

      • Buffaloexpat

        Maybe I’m wrong but 305 Elmwood links back to benderson via nyrtp

        • Chris Schmidt

          Ooops- sorry, IJK owns store further north on elmwood

  • Ivan Putski Jr

    and look at that one truck in the photo. why can people park correctly between the lines?

    • eagercolin

      If 7/11 had decided to do the city’s job for it and plant a tree out front, the driver of that truck would have been inspired to take more care and park correctly.

      • geeeno

        not only that, the muggers and rapists would be inspired to turn over a new leaf. get it? “new leaf” har harr yuk yuk

    • Darrin Bitterman

      HA! I was thinking the same thing!!

  • Most 7/11 locations are dumps. A lot of them are former Wilson Farms, but many that I’ve been to or passed by don’t exactly look at well kept like sayyy the local Sunoco A1 shops or towards eastern New York, Stewarts.

  • BuffaloGals

    Yes, ultimately it’s the city’s responsibility. Sorry there’s a chain on Elmwood.

  • grovercleveland

    Way to tackle the big issues.

  • eagercolin

    I’m going to guess that the many people who use this store everyday (and thereby make it easily one of the busiest spots on Elmwood) don’t find it to be a drag. That’s because it offers a necessary service, unlike the sorts of places that get celebrated here. The city is better served by a business that offers things people actually want, stays in business and pays taxes than by a business that offers some frivolous nothing and goes under in six months yet heroically sweeps the sidewalk during its brief run.

  • Mia

    Maybe this rant should be directed at the people who think it is okay to use any empty patch of ground as a garbage dump. There are plenty of areas of the sainted Elmwood Village that are a mess, and not all of them are corporate entities.

  • Beefalo

    I don’t know why this has to be treated as an either/or proposition – we can have businesses that provide practical services (and I’m all for more practical businesses on the gift-shop bonanza of Elmwood) without them making the place look like a total dump.

  • Bludog

    What about the ugly facade, undesireables that just hang all over these places and whats next to them…That Pink atrocity next to the Auburn Elmwood 7 11 is disgusting, littered with garbage, drunks and dirt…Embarrassing for such a “nice” neighborhood…If I take a walk to the coop early in the morning, I am seeing more drunks and drug users than regular people and its awful…They loiter, swear and scare the crap out of my kids and no one cares…At least, get them to stop drinking and spilling over the place

    • G Orty

      Welcome to a city. You’ll get used to it. They’re called people and they live next to you. I don’t think they have those problems in Clarence, though. You could try there.

    • Erik

      Boycott it.

  • Alex

    Oh boy. Someone is being a big meany today.

    How about instead of continuing this unprofessional tirade against any business or homeowner that doesn’t accommodate your sub-urbanization of the urban fabric, you act like an informed adult and offer alternative solutions. [ie: increasing the tree canopy in a city can help improve air quality, reduce temperatures in hot weather, create small pockets of greenery]

    That tree bed is actually called a “tree pit”. Not too many people pay attention to this small area of green opportunity in Buffalo which has room for improvement.

    A city should always to embrace all of its elements not chastise the ones that don’t align with perfection. Otherwise it becomes the suburbs.

    “You can’t wash out the color and keep the flavor.”
    ~~ From ‘Everyday People”, a film by Jim McKay about gentrification in Fort Green, Brooklyn

    WTF are you so angry about dude?

    • lexwood

      7-11 makes a lot of money from the neighborhood. It’s not a lot to ask to be a good corporate citizen and re- invest a few bucks to keep your property looking nice!!

      • grovercleveland

        Its not their property. Its the city’s property.

      • eagercolin

        Do you plant trees on other people’s property?

        • lexwood

          In fact my next door neighbor did replace the tree the city cut down a few years back. He decided the the city would not be replacing the tree in his lifetime. There were no legal ramifications.

          • eagercolin

            So no, you don’t plant trees on other people’s property. That’s the wise course — keep it up!

        • Randy503

          I do. I planted a tree in the sidewalk box when the old one was cut down, and planted some flowers. City property. I planted another tree and many flowers in the wide sidewalk box across the street from me because I couldn’t stand to see all that dirt unused.

          I water said plants and trees regularly and even feed them on occasion. It’s a small price to pay to make my neighborhood look nice, and others follow suit to varying degrees. Everyone likes what I did.

          Why you would have a problem with that, I don’t know. And if I can plant two trees at my own expense, 7-11 can certainly do one. It’s even a tax deduction

          • eagercolin

            I have no problem with it. I’d also have no problem with you not doing it, since it’s not your responsibility. And (more to the point) if I saw that you hadn’t planted a tree where you had no obligation to, I wouldn’t try to shame you in public for it.

      • Mr. B

        I didn’t catch that — could you repeat it a fourth time?


  • grovercleveland

    Did the author consider reaching out to the city, or to the business, or to a local revitalization committee to see if they could get a tree planted?

    Or did he just vomit a bunch of words from his keyboard onto the screen and go take a nap?

    • G Orty

      The latter, as usual.

    • lexwood

      7-11 makes a lot of money from the neighborhood. It’s not a lot to ask to be a good corporate citizen and re- invest a few bucks to keep your property looking nice.

      • G Orty

        Actually yes, it is a lot to ask when this isn’t their property.

      • grovercleveland

        Even if it is 7-11’s responsibility (which it isn’t), how about walking it and asking if they would plant a tree instead of taking a picture (and not picking up the garbage) and word vomiting a post on a website.

  • Johnny Pizza
    • G Orty

      A simple “wrong” would have done just fine…

    • lexwood

      seriously? the point is 7-11 makes a lot of money from the neighborhood. It’s not a lot to ask to be a good corporate citizen and re- invest a few bucks to keep your property looking nice.

      • G Orty

        It is when this isn’t even their property and they have no legal protection to work on city land, which this is. Don’t fall for Newell’s traps. This isn’t an issue with 7/11. He just ate one of their hot dogs and how his tummy hurts.

        • TakeItElsewhere

          I call B.S., nobody has ever eaten a 7-11 hot dog, they just roll around for eternity.

  • G Orty

    One, enough with these stupid slam pieces already. What’s your deal?? Yes, this is a national chain store, which offers convenience items on your Elmwood strip, and provides the financial stability that the national chain brings, being less likely to become a vacant building that I’m sure you’d write a slam piece about. I would also assume (fyi, that’s a caveat expression that signals to the reader that I’m not offering up a truth based on a clearly ill-informed, crusade-driven hunch… take a hint!) that 7/11s are franchised, so the business is not “feeding off the neighborhood” but rather is employing people from the neighborhood. Is Wegman’s feeding off my neighborhood? Or is that irrelevant because it’s not in the EV?

    Two, as you rightly acknowledge, this is THE CITY’S RESPONSIBILITY.
    Call the city, dude, if it’s that much of an annoyance to you. Be a responsible citizen instead of a whiner.

    • Randy503

      And yet, cities often shirk their responsibility. At the end of the day, it’s about what sort of a community we want.

      This is why BIDs were developed. I suggest the Village organize as a BID and then the landlords and businesses will be charged with upkeep like this. In the long run, it raises property values, so they win anyway. In the meantime, we citizens get a nicer city.

      • G Orty

        Too true. I’d love to know if that’s been happening, and I don’t think I’m asking too much of the author to make a call to the store and find that out before shooting off a useless, slanderous post like this one, clearly taking sides without knowing (or worse, perhaps knowing and not providing) details.

  • namename

    It took them 4 months to repair the worst pot hole in the village (leading into the parking lot Auburn side). Good luck getting them to do anything they don’t need to.

  • Erik

    I don’t know. If a business looks like a sh*thole, I try to avoid it. I never bought gasoline at that disgusting gas station that was demolished. Didn’t matter if they were cheaper than anyone else.

    • grovercleveland

      cool story bro

  • lexwood

    NOCO at Lexington does a decent job keeping their property nice.

  • SublimeChica

    Although I doubt it, maybe they tried. I contacted the city multiple times over the course of several years about having a tree planted in that spot at my house and no one ever came out. Then when I got a response, I was told they were out of trees. Sometimes the bureaucracy is just too taxing to deal with.

    • eagercolin

      It would seem that the cities of Washington, Philly, and Richmond are better at planting and maintaining trees than the city of Buffalo. What that has to do with 7/11 is beyond me.

  • eagercolin

    Last week the garbage men left my tote laying the in the street. Damn you 7/11!

  • TrueWhite

    If it was a WaWa, or Royal Farms, this conversation wouldn’t be happening.

    • eagercolin


      • TrueWhite

        I forgot about Sheetz. Wawa > Sheetz, but Sheetz is still respectable and worthy. The best of Bflo (Delta Sonic?)can’t beat a Sheetz, Wawa or Royal Farms.

  • Tim

    I picture QueensEyes strolling around town holding a nosegay to his delicate olfactories, lest he smell a turd. Unfortunately, some things can’t be unseen, so they must be read. 7-11 in Japan is a corporate good citizen. This is due to the wider range of services it provides there, cultural expectations about neatness/cleanliness, and communitarian values. Values are often enshrined in laws, so perhaps this is more about local ordinances and social expectations than it is about one business or corporation.

  • G Orty

    Can I just ask why it’s not a similarly huge crisis for the author that empty tree beds can be found in this same condition on Niagara St., or Tonawanda St., or Sycamore, or Grant St.? Hell, I’d even bet there’s some on Main St…

    • eagercolin

      cuz ELMWOOD!1!

  • David Anderson

    No other responsible business owner? Not Wilson Farms (which was owned by Tops at one point and whose parent was Ahold USA) before 7-11?