It was standing room only at the Grapevine City Council Meeting on Tuesday night. The long night was highlighted by the uproar over a potential 7-Eleven store coming to downtown Grapevine. From the tone of the meeting, most of the downtown Grapevine merchants were against adding a 7-Eleven to downtown and the city council had some serious questions as well.
Some of the issues were as follows:
The signage was a big issue for some of the council members as they debated over the bright red and green colors of the 7-Eleven sign. If the move is approved, the final sign will likely be something appropriate for downtown which means it will look less like a common 7-Eleven logo that you are used to seeing.
The city council stressed the importance that this 7-Eleven be more of a market with more meats, fruits, vegetables, and less sodas, chips,and beer. With the pending move of Braum’s off of Main Street to Northwest Highway, the council commented that there would be a need for a market or small grocery in the downtown area.
Some 52 Main Street merchants, building owners, and business owners banded together to sign a petition against the approval of the 7-Eleven location. The primary complaint is that the shops along Main Street are unique and a 7-Eleven does not fit with that tradition or with the historic downtown Grapevine brand. The petition was brought to the council meeting by Chuck Bultmann whose wife runs Good Things for All Seasons.
7-Eleven is an international operation that has been around for 85 years. They are very good at selling soda, beer, wine, and snacks. The beer and wine sales sold by a new 7-Eleven might be considered competition for other alcohol sales along Main Street.
Late in the evening, the City Council tabled the request to add a 7-Eleven convenience store to the newly renovated 520 South Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. The issue will be up for debate again in the September joint council and planning and zoning meeting.
We are looking forward to the continued discussion next month on September 18th at 7:30 pm.