After six months of constant delays and setbacks, 7-Eleven is finally open on Temple University’s campus. The new 24-hour 7-Eleven located on 1916 Liacouras Walk had its first day of business on March 25. The store was originally set to open in September 2001.
According to manager Bobby Pacha, the building that houses the convenience store needed more work than was expected.
“A lot of work and renovations were needed and a lot of things needed to be knocked down,” Pacha said. “We just wanted to make the store safe for Temple students.”
The 7-Eleven offers an ATM machine and a photocopy machine. When it comes to food, the 7-Eleven has everything the average college student could want — hot dogs, sausages, soft pretzels, potato chips, soda, Gatorade, donuts and an extensive selection of candy. Even cell phones and newspapers are a part of the 7-Eleven sales list.
Temple students can purchase items using Diamond Dollars or credit cards and can even cash money orders.
Besides offering a variety of ways to pay, 7-Eleven also boasts reasonable prices. For example, a 22-once Slurpee costs only 99 cents. In addition, the store offers bargain deals on food and beverages. For a limited time, hot beverages cost only 49 cents.
Sophomore Matthew Harding said 7-Eleven “keeps everything affordable.”
When asked about the infamous Slurpee, sophomore Dana Hooker said, “When you mix the sour cherry and Pepsi flavors, you get an amazing concoction … the manager suggested this to me.”
The main goal of the new 7-Eleven is to accommodate students.
“We want to get the kids in here,” said Pacha.
And the “kids” will come, not only for the luxury of consumerism, but to see one of the most popular athletes in the country. According to Pacha, 76ers all-star Allen Iverson, will be making a store appearance sometime next month.
“It is a guarantee,” he said.
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