Plans For 7-Eleven in Amagansett Jumpstarted After 3 Years

Do you think a 7-Eleven should be built in Amagansett?

The 7-Eleven in Sag Harbor.
The 7-Eleven in Sag Harbor.
Calling it a situation similar to the film "Groundhog Day," at least one Amagansett resident turned out at Thursday's East Hampton Town board meeting to decry plans for a new 7-Eleven that are coming to life again after three years.

"I'm here to talk about the 7-Eleven," Amagansett resident Rona Klopman said.

In 2011, she said, there were "rumors in Amagansett that the 7-Eleven was coming." At the time, a different board was in place. "None of you were here then," she said. "It's like 'Groundhog Day,' like the movie, and it's three years later."

Klopman said at a meeting years ago, former Councilwoman Julia Prince suggested the town might want to evaluate site plan triggers; she also suggested an anti-franchise code for the town. 

Amagansett Betty Mazur said she and fellow neighbors have stood before the board for years to protect their hamlet. "We have come up here to fight many battles to keep Amagansett as special as it is," she said.

On Thursday, Mazur said, Amagansett is once again "under the gun," as a report in the media indicated that plans for the 7-Eleven were "moving quickly ahead."

Mazer said the town's building inspector had issued a permit for a "convenience store" at the parcel. "I fear the erosion of what the hamlet still has, a semi-rural character," she said. Despite bad weather, building has continued in recent months, she said. "I'm here simply to express my frustration because I don't know at this point what can be done. It's just frustrating to see it happening, and happening so quickly."

East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said the building inspector moved ahead only after speaking with the town attorney. He said the matter was still under review in the town and it could be possible that future review could be necessary.

In 2011, angry residents also protested plans by Richard Principi to open a 7-Eleven at his parcel, family owned for over 30 years, located at 521 Montauk Highway.

Mazur, a member of the Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee, said at the time that convenience stores would change the bucolic nature of the area. 

Principi did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Conservative Underground February 12, 2014 at 03:36 PM
If Rona Klopman doesn't want a 7-eleven in her precious little corner of the world she should buy the property in question.
Christina DeLauro February 13, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Slurpees for everyone, YEAH !!!
joehampton7 February 13, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Amagansett does not need more traffic flowing onto Montauk highway with the IGA, post office and other stores. THe proposed 7/11 would also create problems for the seniors from the wonderful and much needed senior housing center. We long time residents(42 years ) do NOT want to change the small town atmosphere. DR.Joe OConnell
MARTIN DREW February 13, 2014 at 08:59 AM
I agree - put up or shut up ! Anti Franchise law ? STARBUCKS - already in play - so try another tact - EVERYONE has commercial rights in IMAGAINSTIT - - done correctly it would have no greater impact than any other COMMERCIAL enterprise --- time to BUCK UP - put YOUR MONEY where ones mouth is .. I don't patronize 7-11 bur if others would - so be it - yeah slurpeds for thise who wnt them ... MONTAUK already tried and failed - to stop one - give our politicians a break with $elf agenda political agendaa - IMAGAINSTIT - folks need to realize the world is to be used by EVERYONE - isn't liberty great - the constitution rocks - beware there are those of us who still defend its purpose and intent ! Rona Klopman - wants what there ? a nail salon ? LOL
MARTIN DREW February 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM
typos sorry - damn iphone and fat fingers .. lol again
Conservative Underground February 13, 2014 at 09:55 AM
We live in a free market society, it is not up to the East Hampton Clown Board to decide what businesses can come into town and what can not. They certainly have no problem with Ralph Lauren or other stores that curry the needs of their rich liberal nose in the air friends. No, another store that regular people might use is going to get torpedoed. I am sure if it was call "7-Onze" it would be fancy enough for the stuck up snobs that seem to litter this town. Government is supposed to serve the people and not just the friends of the Supervisor!
MARTIN DREW February 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM
^^^^^ YEAH ^^^^^ free market - get a clue! Rona! lol
MARTIN DREW February 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM
How's the 555 affordable as of right project coming along .. 80 new kids to the district .. SPRINGS Residents LOVE THE as of right .. language ... should have approved the wealthy project cause now here comes as of right ... project wirh 80 potential kids to the area .. should of shut the mouth on that one .? funny how people don't get it .. East Hampton is no longer the place it was .. pack up or deal avec ! lol
Pavel February 13, 2014 at 10:22 AM
So happy for 7-11.
ty wenzel February 13, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Martin, I got about 40% of what you were trying to say and CU, no need to be nasty, defending Slurpees is just sad. Attitude aside, it's disturbing to see no one defending Rona. If you want a commercial landscape with NO Mom and Pops, then head west towards the stripmall-heavy grotesque towns that we have tried to avoid out here. We have Brent's and many other delis and having another ugly 7-11 would do nothing for a Hamlet like Amagansett. The one in Montauk jacks up the prices in the summer and in East Hampton, Ralph Lauren has taken over where most of our shops once stood. If you want to live in Nassau county, then by all means, go. No, really. GO.
Pavel February 13, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Brent's is real cheap lol.
MARTIN DREW February 13, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Ty - hey read it again .. maybe you'll get 100% of its meaning .. YOU along with RONA don't get to dictate free enterprise .. 7-11 is no different than STARBUCKS - Ralph Lauren or any other FRANCHISE -- You can pack up anytime you need too - because FRANKLY - I don't give a rats ass .. COMMERCIAL is commercial .. mom & pops DEAD 20 years get a clue .. I've watched this town loose it's character .. NOW celebs / tourists - IT's GONE - You want to save the world YOU MOVE to Cambodia or something .. Im fine in PR & EH no matter who decides selling Slurpess us their gig.. You and your FANTASY life can suck the egg .. NOBODY gives a hoot about IMAGAINSTIT politics ..And who the F --- are you to tell me where to go -- YOU can stick your self pretentious attitide .. well you know where .. Save something worth saving ... maybe a Swan or two - some DEER perhaps ... get a clue YOU and RONA dont matter - it sucks right- but realize I know the pitics of when YOU dont matter ... geuss Ill have some Slurpees w/o having to drive to Sag ... and I dont care one bit about YOU or Rona - I care ONLY for me my family and my friends _ sound familiar ? LOL @ YOU ... get a clue .. save yourself and get out while you can .. I did 84 degress today - got a tan .. NOTHING ABOUT YOU ON MY MIND .. aint life great ..
local Business owner February 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Ty your an idiot ! 7 11 sucks and kills what lite character we have left. You're an asshole and a redneck!
Conservative Underground February 14, 2014 at 05:36 AM
Well that escalated quickly....
Conservative Underground February 14, 2014 at 05:40 AM
Ty its called 'competition'. If you have a good product, good service you should do fine. If you are afraid of offering people a choice as to where to go and where to spend their money then you have a problem. I know, a little nuance that might be lost on the occupy wall street type who just think government should just make all the decisions and give people free stuff.
local Business owner February 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM
I am the owner of Brents
MARTIN DREW February 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM
^^obviou$ly worried 7-11 going to cru$h your biz ...with cheaper price$ - competition will keep u$ con$umer$ with choice$ .. SLURPEES AND HOTDOGS to $tuff the faces of cheap touri$t$ .. capitali$m i$ great Welcome to AMERICA! Where commercial $prawl rule$ the che$$ board .. A$$HOLE$ AND REDNECK$ ... boycott BRENT$.. teach a fool a le$$on!
MARTIN DREW February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Ty - I already leave the area 6 months a year and come back only to enjoy my family and friends - these SAVE OUR TOWN criers like yourself MUST realize it's NEVER going to be the same as it USED TO Be .. intendo ? Nos nessito habla espagnol - le ley esta sin trabajo - mi casa eta cambio en precio - mucho multas - sin policia accion .. politicos trabajo por HOLLYWOOD accions .. Mita Ty - vamos pronto .. por tu viva con tranquilo .. South America ?


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