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Feb 8, 2011 6:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Rumors Of 7-Eleven In Amagansett Surface

Feb 8, 2011 6:11 PM

Rumors that a 7-Eleven will open at the site of a defunct restaurant on Montauk Highway in Amagansett surfaced at the East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday, February 3.

Rona Klopman and Elaine Jones, both residents of Amagansett, told the Town Board that they heard that the convenience store would open at the site of Villa Prince Ristorante, a restaurant that they said has been closed for years and is currently being renovated.

Richard Principi, the owner of the building, did not return multiple calls seeking information. Town Architectural Review Board Chairman Robert Schwagerl and Senior Building Inspector Tom Preiato also did not return calls.

Members of the Town Board said they had no knowledge of the project. “This is the first I’m hearing of it,” Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said.

The front of the building that was once Villa Prince Ristorante was covered in plastic last week, and the sound of power tools could be heard from inside. The building sits at 521 Montauk Highway, in the IGA shopping center.

Ms. Klopman said she spoke to workers at the site this week and one of them said the building was going to be a 7-
Eleven. Ms. Jones said she heard the same thing from a 
friend who heard it from Mr. Principi.

If the rumor is true, it recalls a situation last summer, when a 7-Eleven opened on Main Street in Montauk and caused an uproar. Residents complained the town could have prevented the franchise from opening in their hamlet.

“Does the Town of East Hampton want two 7-Elevens in its domain?” Ms Klopman asked the Town Board.

During the Town Board meeting and a subsequent work session meeting on Thursday, Town Board members and Deputy Town Attorney John Jilnicki said the board had no power to stop 7-Elevens and other chains from opening in town.

“You’re actually not allowed to bar somebody because 
they happen to be a franchise operation,” Mr. Jilnicki said, after being asked about the town’s powers by Councilman Dominick Stanzione. “It’s fairly well-established in New York State.”

Permits from the Building Department and the Architectural Review Board for the former Villa Prince Ristorante site obtained by Ms. Klopman did not specify the company that would be moving into the building. Not naming a company on an application is commonplace, according to Mr. Jilnicki, because the town does not regulate that aspect of an application under the Town Code.

Betty Mazur, an Amagansett resident, said she was concerned about the challenges a 7-Eleven would pose to other businesses in her hamlet.

“I think this is a concern, to say nothing about the fact that Amagansett now is the only hamlet in greater East Hampton that does not have a chain store, and it’s a last holdout.”

Councilwoman Julia Prince said it may be time for the town to review which applications trigger site plan review by the Town Planning Board.

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Great news-a welcome addition. Now we'll be able to locate day workers.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 4, 11 1:02 PM
Once again, the illiterati cannot help but make every single article about immigrant bashing. Hey, editors, I thought you wanted folks to stay on topic? Delete this nonsense.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 3:27 PM
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Razza,
EastEnd was just making a valid point. If you drive West in the AM, Southampton 7/11 is all dayworkers lining the area. Drive into Hampton Bays...the dayworkers are not at 7/11 , they are at Dunkin Donuts...drive into Riverhead, all dayworkers at 7/11. Head east toward Orient... each 7/11...lined with dayworkers. Drive over to Westhampton Beach 7/11, by the post office...lined with dayworkers. Like it or not Razz, it's a true statement...7 out of 10 times out here. And yes, largely ...more
By c'mon now (46), southampton on Feb 4, 11 7:19 PM
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Has nothing to do with illiterati, or illuminati.

Facts o' life, these days.

The "wealthy" invited them into our town like Dracula. Only problem is, THEY don't have to live with the consequences.

Other problem is, we ain't got enough garlic, to work that cheap.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:15 AM
just an fyi Razza and dont want to turn this into an immigration debate, but illegal aliens are NOT immigrants, they are illegal aliens
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 5, 11 8:25 AM
hahaha too funny cant wait to hear from the Amagainstit snobs on this one, theyll be forgetting about that concert and beach driving in no time
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 1:28 PM
Your anti-elitist nonsense is really tiring, reality. You do not have to be a snob to dislike 7-11. Maybe you'd be more comfortable up island.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 3:25 PM
just having some fun razza dont really care for 7/11 that much either, but do find the anti concert crowd to be a bit over the top at board meetings the town has some REAL issues
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 6:21 PM
"anti-elitist"

I can't believe you ain't got no better cop-out than that.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:20 AM
maybe 7/11 can give out free BIG GULPs at the concert
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 1:30 PM
Good deal now we can get a cup of coffee and find an ATM after 4:30 on a Sunday with out having to go to Wainscott.
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 4, 11 3:11 PM
Who needs government when we have corporations?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Feb 4, 11 3:36 PM
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don't forget the onestop in the springs a nice family owned business
By ranger (54), springs on Feb 4, 11 8:01 PM
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They both seem to be run by the one.
By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:13 AM
Exactly. What we are actually living under is what is known as an oligarchy
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 8, 11 8:24 AM
In no way was my comment "immigrant bashing"-I'm just happy that in addition to coffee I'll be able to find workers when I need them. Hopefully the ones I hire are here legally. I always make it a point to ask.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 4, 11 4:18 PM
Why don't you make your coffee at home. May i ask you to post your business addy. so the IRS can ask you a few questions!
By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:07 AM
Nothing wrong with 7-11 . Maybe some of shareholders can see how their company operates. Can't wait till Walmart comes East.
By jose1 (28), southampton on Feb 4, 11 4:23 PM
They looked at the now K-Mart building but it was too small for them, I doubt we will ever see a Wal-Mart east of Bridgehampton.
By Beaun (3), East Hampton on Feb 10, 11 2:36 PM
what a non-story
By traffic (26), Southampton on Feb 4, 11 4:29 PM
Some of u people should get a life.....
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on Feb 4, 11 5:42 PM
You East Hampton people who put your administration in office, by what they call "mandate" can say, "Oh Thank The Wilkerson Team for the 7-11's"

when does McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut open shop out east ?

Maybe hopefully in time for that music fest in Amagansett.

You voted in a guy who was a Disneyland exec what do you expect.

Quit yer whining and deal with it.


bw
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 4, 11 6:45 PM
Bilge..why do you post like you live outside of East Hampton? Based on your past posts you obvioulsy live in Montauk, close to the lake (proabably east side) and hate Bill Wilkinson. I can only guess why. I guess it's all about access.
The 7-11 deal in Montauk started long before Wilkinson took office. What would you have done to legally stop it from opening after the Dems let the horse out of the barn several years ago? Enlighten us all on the legal action Wilkinson should have taken.
Can't ...more
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Feb 6, 11 5:01 PM
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kind of a strange location for a 7/11. guess if i need a lousy hot, beef jerky or a semi-hot dog at 10 pm ii'll have a place to go.
By harbor (376), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 11:47 PM
kind of a strange location for a 7/11. guess if i need a lousy hot, beef jerky or a semi-hot dog at 10 pm ii'll have a place to go.
By harbor (376), East Hampton on Feb 4, 11 11:47 PM
So much for keeping the abused end of the Fourteenth Amendment, from invading our home.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 5, 11 12:16 AM
you mean the end that was established to grant citizenship to emancipated slaves and their children? oh yea the part that the illegals are taking full advantage of----- kind of a slap in the face to the african americans who had finally been freed from bondage-- havent seen any day workers at the MTK 7/11 yet maybe its too far east?
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 5, 11 8:22 AM
Why must everything devolve into anti-immigrant mania? Because it is easier for you to attack them then it is to provide insightful commentary on the actual article.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 5, 11 10:24 AM
Why is it you dont see many if any black construction workers on the east end? just an observation dont make my comment into somthing its not . Realitys just got me thinking.
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 1:05 PM
"de facto" segregation?
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 6, 11 2:10 PM
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By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 8, 11 7:44 AM
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Ah, well...
Feb 9, 11 8:20 PM appended by Mr. Z
At least somebody liked it...
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 9, 11 8:20 PM
My God people...this isn't the Town of 20 yrs ago. Wah wah wah. I don't want to live next to neighbors that play loud music & come in all hours of the night. But this is America and regardless of how much I would like things to be my way all the time, it's highly unrealistic and ridiculous of me to wish it so. Anyone really taken a look at 7-11 in Montauk? It's always busy. They're good neighbors, the place is clean, they have local and friendly help and there are no illegals hanging out by their ...more
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Feb 5, 11 9:35 AM
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Like the McDonald's in Southampton and Hampton bays (Clean) Its just the anti corporate NIMBY crony -protectionism crown.Oh what about MOM and POP . What about them if they cant compete McDonald's will hire them to.
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 1:09 PM
Because this is America we actually do have a say. 7-11's and the like destroy the unique fabric of our towns.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 5, 11 9:47 AM
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At least it won't be on Egypt Lane, then we'd have some big problems.
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Feb 5, 11 10:52 AM
Why you don't think they like slurpies over at Gray Gardens
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 1:11 PM
Only if the slurpies have vodka in them Joe
By They call me (2514), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:06 PM
PLEASE STOP THE 7/11 BUILDING. The eye sore in Montauk is to much to bear. When 7/11 started they were supposed to be opened from 7:00am to11:00pm. That's how they were named. I'm old enough to remember. They started with LOW prices and because in those days, "the good ole days", Mom and Pop stores closed early enough so the hard working Americans could go home and spend some time with their families, 7/11 was able to take control. You need to understand 7/11 is a corperate GIANT THAT CARES ONLY ...more
By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:00 AM
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If you want to go home and spend time with your family at 4:30 and 12;30 on Saturday you should not own a retail business.
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 1:13 PM
Maybe the people owning the small business want the American Dream, something you are clueless of. Your distain for Liberty has been overshadowed by your tyrant thinking. BET YOU THINK IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND!
By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 5, 11 6:59 PM
yes sir I do
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 7:46 PM
Well said, coyote. It is always the biggest tyrant who cannot stop yelling "tyranny!". Joe Hampton and his tea party brethren cannot be blamed for their ignorance, they only wish to blindly serve their corporate overlords
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 10:05 PM
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By They call me (2514), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:05 PM
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By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 6, 11 4:32 AM
Someday, Providence willing, joe will realize how little respect he has earned from those who post, as well as read here.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 9, 11 8:22 PM
Westhampton, Southampton, Riverhead...Amagansett? One of these things is not like the other. More people more problems. I don't follow the logic behind the inherent evil that 7-Eleven breeds. Drive in theaters and racetracks making way for Big Box stores, the end of an era, disaster, things will never be the same; I always forget that at the cash register. Remember when there wasn't even a 7-Eleven in Amagansett?
By soulrebel (1), amagansett on Feb 5, 11 3:12 PM
Remember the "Outdoor Store", and "Deerfield's"?

Like I always say, the competition is better, without "mega" anything.

Too big to fail, is to big to be of any real good to the economy.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 6, 11 2:14 PM
Whats all the fuss about a 7-11 in montauk anyway. They've had an OTB there for years in one of the gin mills right on downtown main street.

Nobody complained about that as I can recall. Montauk, the land of the wild west is fast becoming of age and its about time.

Deal with it and quit yer whining ya bunch of whining crybabies.

Want some cheese with your whine ? Go get it at 7-11


bw
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 8:12 PM
Bilge...you should know, you live in Montauk
By connwatcher (112), east hampton on Feb 7, 11 5:51 PM
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By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 5, 11 9:02 PM
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By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 5, 11 10:09 PM
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By They call me (2514), southampton on Feb 5, 11 11:03 PM
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By coyote (14), southampton on Feb 6, 11 4:46 AM
Mas trobajadors out east, mui bien, gracias.
By bigfresh (3900), north sea on Feb 6, 11 1:50 PM
Es "trabajadores", bolsita de té
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 6, 11 2:02 PM
7-11 is the only business that could be successful in that building. 7-11 is better than the empty eyesore of a building thats been there for 30+years.

If it doesn't violate any codes and has the necessary permits then the NIMBYS will have to deal with it. Any one of you whiners had a chance to open you're own business there.
By YEAROUNDER (81), East Hampton on Feb 7, 11 9:09 AM
HOOTERS PLEASE!
By soggy pants (6), montauk on Feb 7, 11 9:26 AM
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Sorry, my Spanglish is rusty, plus I never have to write it, just speek a little.
By bigfresh (3900), north sea on Feb 7, 11 10:31 AM
Was it inevitable that this had to turn to immigration? No. The moderators should do a much better job of keeping comments on topic.

7-11 is representative of of the type of commercial enterprise that is in direct conflict with local business. What do they offer that cannot be found at existing businesses? Nothing. It starts with 7-11 and Staples and then grows to encompass the entire spectrum of suburban excess.

Most people I know - and I am talking middle class working ...more
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 7, 11 12:05 PM
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Wow...The 7-11 in Southampton did all that when it came to town? Actually since I always remember it being there, I don't know if it caused such an uproar when it started out on North Main Street. I know my dad used to get the Sunday paper there after church, and of course fond memories of Slurpies. I seriously doubt that the presence of a 7-11 is going to do much damage to local business. Not all change is bad. A 7-11 is not the precursor to a shopping mall.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Feb 10, 11 11:39 AM
There is an easy way not to have a 7-11 in your town. Don't support them. Shop elsewhere. The reality is 7-11's exist because people want and support them.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 7, 11 12:14 PM
There are a great number of things that people want and support that do not benefit society as a whole.

Also, I believe you are confusing the order - the 7-11 is built and then people begin shopping there. If there is no 7-11 they will shop elsewhere.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 7, 11 12:23 PM
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There is an easy way not to have a 7-11 in your town. Don't support them. Shop elsewhere. The reality is 7-11's exist because people want and support them.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 7, 11 12:14 PM
this is not a rumor,the 7-11 is opening...the town has issued a permit which allows rick principi to do it.the fridges are being installed as we speak.the architectural review board is holding a hearing to examine the facade of the new 7-11.
this building has not operated as a business under an existing permit for years.the town ,according to the head inspector has no powers to stop this.What a pity that Mr Principi senior's name is being trashed by his son,he would never have stooped so low..he ...more
By justsayno (2), amagansett on Feb 7, 11 3:36 PM
In my opinion its a non issue as long as the signage and architecture fit the community .
By Summer Resident (222), Manhattan on Feb 7, 11 5:46 PM
Obviously, you are a "summer resident'.

Don't take this the wrong way, but we live here, BECAUSE IT AIN'T NEW YORK CITY.

We would really appreciate it, it you left the fool city, in the city, and leave "the country be, instead of exploiting, and raping it for all it's "worth".
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 7, 11 5:52 PM
Hey summer I live here too and if I was you I would take what Mr Z said the wrong way.You are correct they will not be happy until every fence comes down and every store closes by 4 pm
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 7, 11 6:46 PM
If you were actually well prepared, like a good boy scout, there most likely wouldn't be a problem.

A cup o' joe at home, is LESS than two bucks.
Feb 8, 11 7:47 AM appended by Mr. Z
P.S. Buy a Thermos...
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 8, 11 7:47 AM
Only reason he wants it is because he'll have a place to buy evian water cheaper to wash his Land Rover
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 8, 11 8:20 AM
Yes, I am a Summer Resident. Any problem with that? My heart is just as connected to the east end as you and probably have more financial invested that you. I suggest you get off your soap box and stop whining that local crap and get involved and control the inevitable just as I suggested. Control the architecture and signage.
By Summer Resident (222), Manhattan on Feb 8, 11 5:45 PM
Honestly, I like 7-11's . Got no problem with them at all. Change is inevitable. Its just kind of funny watching everyones panties getting all twisted up over it. if you were the owner of the property, you would definitely want a major corporation in there paying the rent on time every month. Especially if you lock them in with a triple-net lease. America, Love it or Leave it. I just can't wait to see Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC and A&W open up shop on the north and south forks. The days of wine ...more
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 9, 11 6:33 PM
"Money, what makes a man act funny."

~Marshall Mathers.

Money, is what destroyed the farms. Money, is what built monuments to avarice, and excess. Money, is what priced "middle class" people out of the home they were born in. Money, is what drives "Corporate America" to abuse the Fourteenth Amendment, for a purpose it was never intended for. If your heart truly was "out here", as much as those of us who were BORN here, you wouldn't even have MENTIONED MONEY.

HAVE A ...more
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 9, 11 7:34 PM
Some were "BORN" out here and"

Some are 16th Generation

'nuff said

Have a nice day!
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 10, 11 8:08 PM
well summer resident,now you know where can buy your rolling papers,chewing tobacco,trans-fat foods,and 24 oz big-gulp drinks!
By justsayno (2), amagansett on Feb 7, 11 6:12 PM
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Are you all really complaining about a friggin 7-11???? You don't complain about a certain southampton shop that supports and feeds illegals, you don't say boo about home invasions, but you'll complain about this? At least now people can go out there and only pay $2.00 for a cup of decent cup of coffee instead of an $8.00 cup of crap!! Grow up or get out!! Oh THANK HEAVEN FOR 7-!! Maybe out buddy will protest out in front of that one too!! GO PROTESTING BUDDY!!!
By LovedHerTown (129), southampton on Feb 7, 11 7:45 PM
always thought that would be a gold mine location for a 7/11 place is going to make a fortune that overpriced IGA next door will lose some business sag harbor has a 7/11 and it hasnt had any negative affect there, still a very charming village if it becomes a say worker hang out, then Ive got issues, but probably wont, dont see them a the MTK sevies
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 7, 11 10:59 PM
Not yet...
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 8, 11 7:49 AM
WHY is everyone afraid of progress and change? WHY is mom and pop small business so GOOD? WHY can't we all just get along?
By jose1 (28), southampton on Feb 8, 11 5:41 PM
The reason we can't all just get along is that you define a 7-11 as "progress".
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 9, 11 8:06 AM
Good Idea
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 8, 11 8:48 PM
I remember when 7-11 was located on North Main Street in Southampton, I used to ride my bike or walk there to get a slurpy during the summer. That was in the 70's. Then it moved to its present location. A smart move on their part. No more slurpys for me...at least until I got my drivers license...anyway. I dont think that a 7-11 will lead to an influx of day laborers, The construction boom on the east end led to the influx of day labor. Contractors hiring practices helped sustain it, Things are ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Feb 9, 11 12:01 PM
I find it hard to believe that a LEGAL RESIDENT has to stand on the streetcorner or in the 7-11 parking lot like a common prostitute in order to find work. Think about it.
By bigfresh (3900), north sea on Feb 9, 11 1:29 PM
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You may find it hard to believe, but many of those men have taxpayer id's and many more green cards and still many more came here on work VISA's. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you don't believe it, call me a liar, blah, blah, blah . . . But it is the truth.

By the way, are you an authority on "common prostitutes"?
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 9, 11 4:31 PM
Ever heard the term "crawl before you walk". There is a language barrier when you first come here from another country. Its hard to get a job when you do not speak the language, but once that barrier is overcome, they usually move from the street corner...to say McDonalds, Burger King, Kmart, Walmart...and after a few years, they are the ones stopping off at the corner to pick up someone to work for them for a day or two. So agian...day laborer does not always mean illegal.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Feb 10, 11 11:24 AM
You anticipate being called a liar becuase you are.

Most of the men standing in front of 7-11's looking for work are not here legally.

There are very few work visa's issued in comparison to the number of criminal border runners, and most of those are reserved for employer sponsered high-skill workers. Mexico was allocated less than 700 unskilled employment visa's last year, and Guatemala, where most of the east end illegals come from, was issued less than 100.

Don't compound ...more
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Feb 9, 11 5:02 PM
Realitylast, what happened, did your wife run away with an immigrant? Did an undocumented worker kidnap your children? Did a Latino girl break your heart?

When was the last time you tried to talk to those guys? When did you ever try to find out anything abut them? Never? So you admit your talking out of your _________.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 9, 11 7:09 PM
I have a solution.

Pull up in a van, with INS painted on the side of it.

See how many stick, and how many run.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 11, 11 7:07 PM
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I would like to know..very simply..."why" no one is talking about this?? No One in the offices that apply here will comment?? The owner of the bldg should speak up and be communicative to the tiny village they have called their own, just out of courtesy to Amagansett but we know they are not required to share. The Town offices, on the other hand, have a responsibilty to their Taxpayers to come clean here. Bldg dept and code officers, and planning and zoning boards have Not spoken about this with ...more
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Feb 9, 11 7:14 PM
razza perhaps you should join some pro illegal alien organization you take things very seriously ultra sensitive like most liberals by the way why would I talk to day workers? if you honestly think this country doesnt have a problem regarding illegals, then you are lost
By reality 101 (137), East Hampton on Feb 9, 11 7:15 PM
Ah, reality, I may be lost, but I am human
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 10, 11 8:52 PM
The Town CANNOT prohibit a store from opening just because its a 7-11. For those of you who have a problem with it, go but the property yourself and leave it vacant and unused. And for those of you who have a problem with laborers, I'd like to see how this Town would operate if they all left. They are a critical part of this community and are not going anywhere so get used to it or move.
By ammills (15), east hampton on Feb 10, 11 11:34 AM
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It is quite obvious that our gov't does not have a problem with illegals being here. The message that they are allowed to stay is very clear. The fact of the matter is our economy needs them.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 10, 11 2:54 PM
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Geeeez, if you need a day-laborer you need not go to a 7-11 to find one

Why does everyone associate 7-11 as being some kind of "union hall" ?



bw
By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Feb 11, 11 9:47 PM
"Our economy needs them", not too sure about that. If unemployment payouts didn't last for almost 2 years, there would be folks forced to go back to work. Since most on unemployment are here LEGALLY, they would do the work that the ILLEGALS do in order to pay their bills. The economy would continue at it's current pace, the unemployed would have to work and the illegals would be out of a job. Kills 2 birde with 1 stone dnotcha think?
By bigfresh (3900), north sea on Feb 12, 11 1:58 PM
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By bigfresh (3900), north sea on Feb 12, 11 1:59 PM
Two years? When I was briefly on unemployment the documents I received said you could only receive it for a total of 26 weeks across a 12 month period.
By Rich Morey (338), Brooklyn on Feb 12, 11 5:04 PM
Having a job is a basic necessity. It’s a simple human right.
In fact, the right to a job is a matter of law—and has been for 62 years!
The 1946 Employment Act and the 1978 Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act legally obligate the president and Congress to use all available means to achieve full employment.
By local 84 (333), riverhead on Feb 16, 11 4:23 PM
I don't see what the big deal is -- as long as the building looks pretty much the same as it looks now, who cares if it is a 7-11 or some other "generic" deli / convenience store? I think people are turning this into a "7-11 = illegal immigrants" debate as opposed to discussing the pros and cons of having a store there. In theory, whatever store is there it would bring both employment to the locals as well as generate tax revenues, etc. so anything is better than an empty building. I also think ...more
By Rich Morey (338), Brooklyn on Feb 12, 11 5:03 PM
The problem as I see it is this: It opens up the floodgates for chain establishments, which, regardless of their exteriors, only server to destroy local business.

Just look at the "entrance" to the village of Southampton - McDonalds, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11 - did anyone who moved out here years ago do so because they wanted to live amongst this type of suburban decay? I didn't.

Turning our towns into suburban strip malls not only ruins the character and feel of the ...more
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 13, 11 9:46 AM
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It's bittersweet to me. I hate the idea of seeing a 7/11 in an area like that, as well as the precedent it can set for more stores like it. That can really suck away the down-home character we've always been proud to have, but it can hopefully spur some much needed competition, Perhaps even help make surrounding "mom and pop" stores become more local-friendly with normal prices for things such as medicines or even coffee. I love our delis, but I hate having to shell out up to ten dollars for ...more
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Feb 13, 11 9:31 AM
The days of Gannon's, and Drive-in movies, the days of the small businessman. That hometown, "Cheers" feel, where everybody knows your name.

That's what chains, and corporations have the potential to destroy with their minimum wage practices, and pitiful compensation packages. They recycle people in their workforce, like plastic bottles.

Give me the "little guy" ANY DAY.
Feb 14, 11 7:47 PM appended by Mr. Z
You also remember to recall why, and because of whom that bottle of aspirin, or Motrin costs so much. Who drove up the cost of real estate? Not us locals. Who drove up the cost of retail space? Not us locals. Who drove the cost of housing through the heavens? Not us locals. Who, et finale, trickled THEIR cost of living, down to us? NOT US LOCALS.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 14, 11 7:47 PM
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I don't disagree one bit. It's downright depressing. Forget a Big bite, I'll always be visiting Kenny's wagon at Indian Wells for a hotdog this Summer. If enough people are willing to not frequent 7/11 it won't last long... but that's an improbability once Summer hits.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Feb 16, 11 11:55 AM
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cry cry cry
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 16, 11 12:01 PM
Grittopia brings up an excellent point. These franchise chains drive up rental costs so high that local businesses have no choice but to charge a premium.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Feb 16, 11 12:19 PM
joe, ever read Shakespeare?

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

~ "A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Act 3, Scene 2)


By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 16, 11 9:27 PM
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. Expectation is the root of all heartache.
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 16, 11 10:51 PM
It's just the beginning, so now franchises are allowed that's new. Before it was just corporate stores. Let me get a Quiznos.
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Feb 14, 11 4:33 PM
That bank building would make a great Micky Dees
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Feb 14, 11 4:36 PM
Nathans now
By BlackDog (47), East Hampton on Feb 14, 11 4:36 PM
Gotta love Nathans.... but you know the drill, Nathans is not indigenous to the Hampton's there for a treat to Mom and Pop. No no no cant have any competition to Mom and Pop
Feb 16, 11 2:13 PM appended by joe hampton
therefore, threat...... Sorry for the mistakes, dam Blackberry
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 16, 11 2:13 PM
In much the same way that rational thought is a threat to joe hampton.

Actually, joe, your postings remind me of a hot dog - stuffed full of offal and void of originality.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Feb 16, 11 2:42 PM
You should get out once in awhile Razza... there is a big world out there to discover. I promise you despite what Gran Pa told you if you drive west of Patchogue you will not fall off the Earth. Haven't you heard the breaking news in the Bonacker Sentinel " Dang Its Round! "
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 16, 11 3:17 PM
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Hah! Love it, razza! Right on target!!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Feb 16, 11 3:23 PM
lol Joe nothing like a Dog with sauerkraut and mustard on the Boardwalk
By 27dan (2520), Southampton on Feb 16, 11 3:31 PM
You go Razza
By local 84 (333), riverhead on Feb 16, 11 4:00 PM
How easily one forgets, that this is a roughly 150 square mile test tube.

No skyscrapers, no millions of people residing inside those miles.

NYC has 8 MILLION+ people. Yeah, chains like Nathan's, and competition of that nature works there. It makes sense to have such. The volume of people enables that. We don't have that kind of regular population. For the most part, bringing NYC here, has harmed the majority of us "locals", as well as the younger generations up, and coming. ...more
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 16, 11 9:16 PM
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By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 18, 11 11:22 PM
Maybe you'll finally figure out, where the money that made your "fortune" came from...
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 18, 11 11:22 PM
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Don't count other people's money its not polite. Besides I am sure you are clueless about my net worth. You are truly green Z and not just because of you carbon footprint
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 19, 11 2:54 PM
Gotta love Nathans
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 16, 11 3:11 PM
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By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on Feb 18, 11 11:25 PM
7-11 in Montauk already named those rancid hot dogs "Rusty's Special" Just tell em no other deli in montauk will make you a sandwich and they'll "toss in" a handful of special sauce on the house.
By Brown25 (38), Groovehampton on Feb 18, 11 8:09 PM
How about an ersatz White Castle? The property owner couldn't put up a real one because the company doesn't franchise. Also, the burghers of Amagansett would probably object to its not being up-market enough.

But the truth is that most of those burghers grew up eating sliders. These are simply the tastiest burgers out there but they don't photograph well for copy so we on the East End have had to settle for McDonalds/Burger King/Wendy's and their photogenic brethren despite their uniform ...more
Feb 19, 11 12:08 PM appended by highhatsize
Better still, "The Bonac Burger Burghers".
By highhatsize (3784), East Quogue on Feb 19, 11 12:08 PM
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Right on hat head! I drive out of my way several times a year just to get some. nothing like it!
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 19, 11 2:51 PM
I was going to answer you Z but someone as decided we need net nanny censorship I don't remember the question It was late when I decided to answer you in the am
By joe hampton (3227), south hampton on Feb 19, 11 12:49 PM
gurney's, new year's eve, celebration, montauk