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24 hour 7-11 coming to corner of Vineyard and 1st St

Original post made by Dan on Dec 3, 2012

Is it true the planning dept is considering allowing a 7-11 to be built here? Oh please, where is the class here? We are becoming a bunch of strip malls and such like a gas-stop town along highway 5. Meanwhile Livermore's quaint downtown and wineries continue to attract revenue...

From a concerned resident nearby:

" Can you please take a few moments to send an email to the planning commission: sbonn@cityofpleasantonca.gov State your name, as well as where you live in relation to the building site AND why you oppose the 7-11 being built. Some possible concerns to mention: increase in traffic, potential increase in crime, detriment to local businesses such as Cole Market and Meadowlark Dairy who both sell convenience items, potential increase in noise/loitering, increase in littering.

There is a deadline for correspondence of end of business day Wednesday, December 5th. "

Comments (25)

Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I for one will be emailing in support of a 7-11. Great convenience when one has the midnight munchies for a pint of HaagenDas. They've recently had a series of hot food upgrades as well. Cheese-filled hotdogs on a bun. And their large freshly baked pizzas sell for only $5.99 (or a dollar per slice). Great value. It's only a little grocery store!


Posted by debbie, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I, too, hope the planning commission thinks twice and does not approve this project. There are several 24 hour stores in the area with another 7-11 less than a miles and a half away. Why not create a deli and market that attracts local families and the many cycling groups who ride by almost daily? Extend the parking lot and landscaped path behind "Pleasanton Plaza" to encourage more visitors to come downtown and have access to stores in the plaza, as well as our downtown shops.


Posted by Nimby, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

bring it on!


Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:48 am

To Debbie: Your post reminds me of the closing of Amelia's Deli downtown. It seems as if the people of Pleasanton love to drive by places like Amelia"s on their way to Subway...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

since i don't have millions i must be mindful where i spend cash...never necessary for me to spend money as a 7-11


Posted by to debbie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

Debbie, perhaps the cyclist families can start a business there by creating a deli and market as well as extend the parking lot and landscaped path. I am sure the property owner would offer you the same lease rate as 7-11.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

"P12-0556/P12-0557, Union 76 Service Station (Shweta Bonn)
Application for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a new convenience market at the existing Union 76 Service Station located t 4191 First Street and for Design Review approval to construct a convenience market and to add design detailing to the pump island canopy structure. Zoning for the property is C-S (Central Commercial) District."

From future discussion section of Planning Commission agenda. Web Link

There are two 24-hour Safeway stores within a mile (Santa Rita) or two (Bernal), one which will soon also sell gas (not to mention the station across the way with a convenience store and Jack in the Box). I don't know whether a 7-11 would have success on this corner given the competition. Is there an unmet need?


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Need? There's always an unmet need when you have munchies. Face it. The 7-11 has every legal right to be there. Better than to have overgrown weeds. By the time I'm done parking at the mall, I've lost time and gas money. 7-11 convenience stores save me time and money. It'll sure meet my needs! Try their large $5.99 pizzas. Really good!


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

What weeds? It's a gas station. I wouldn't go to the mall for munchies--plenty places to shop that are more convenient, including the two Safeways. Yes, they will have a legal right if it gets through the city's process.


Posted by debbie, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Just heard the public hearing is on December 12th at 7pm at the Old Bernal city building.


Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What's the status on the 7-11 application at Old Santa Rita/Santa Rita and Las Positas? Glad we have an ex-planning commissioner on council now. Measuring ones ability to share thought provoking information within our Community, because one has been on a city commission will be tested. My best to Councilmember Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

You people are all union tools and sock puppets. Just because 7-11 doesn't employ unionized labor doesn't mean it deserves to have a union-financed vendetta waged against it.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

How about when it's 3 am and the kids are crying for milk, you want some hot baked pizza, and the little wife is hollering about freshly cooked smoked hot dogs with cheese fillings? And you need gas! And you don't want to have to drive into a parking lot, park, walk all the way to a Safeway, then walk all the way down an aisle just to get a carton of milk? And then have to walk through a dangerous parking lot at that time of the morning? No, you people are too much. I imagine most of you are being paid $.40 a word by the Safeway unionista thugs. You'd rather see an old unused gas station overgrown with weeds than anything that might take away from your precious union. You people are soooo selfish!


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

How is this about the unions, Allen?


Posted by Gas Biz, a resident of Birdland
on Dec 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Actually, this site would probably do well. There is a lot of morning and evening commute traffic along Stanley/First/Sunol Blvd. These people don't travel across town to the Safeway or other convenience stores. From Livermore to 680/Sunol Blvd. I don't believe there are really any convenience stores unless you head off on the side streets. Irby's has been gone for a long time :^).

The 76 location would get mostly morning traffic heading towards San Jose. They will sell a lot of coffee, donuts, and smokes. Yum! There is very little margin in gasoline retail; the real money is in the convenience store.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Let's stop being dumb or playing dumb. We all know Safeway's union has its mitts on everything that goes on in this city. They've bribed the pols and the cops. Even people who post here are either union lowlifes or have recently been bought off at $.40 per word. Every pit stop made at a 7-11 is lost earnings for Safeway which jeopardizes union strong armed dominance. Duh!

A 7-11 wants in. It's legal. It's better than having the site sit vacant as it will if the cashiers and bag boy thugs at Safeway get their way. It'll save me money and time. It's only a convenience store. It will create jobs. What's not to like?


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

First, Allen, it's difficult to take you seriously. But just in case you are serious, I would be the last person supporting union leadership. However, I don't think Safeway union leadership has bribed "pols and the cops" (and to what end?). The 7-11, if built, would hardly put a dent in Safeway or union dominance. There are convenience stores a stone's throw from both Pleasanton locations already. It's legal when it gets approval. The site isn't vacant. It might create a job (there are employees there now).


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Yes, I know you've presented yourself as a real union hater, Kathleen. But here's the rub. Who's more likely to be bought off and support a union cause in this case? Was the $.40 per word just too tempting for you? Why are you involved in this cause when, as any reasonable person would realize, it is a free market matter. Either the demand will be there or it won't be. I'm sorry to hear that you've sullied your reputation as a respectable hater of unions, now becoming a turncoat for the union thug opposition. It just shows how far the communist unions are willing to go in their effort to thwart free market capitalism.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Allen, If anyone is getting paid at any rate, I'm unaware of it. I'm also unaware of union opposition to a 7-11. Hardly seems worth their time. It is a free market matter; and a neighborhood matter; and a matter for city planners. I asked about the need; can't say I see one. I don't get to decide. We'll see what happens.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Oh, you're a real kidder, Kathleen. Certainly you're not placing community (collectivist) interests and (bought off) city planners on the same level as the free market? Are you? But of course you are. You see, that's where it's obvious you're now on the union pay roll, just like Crook Kaillo and the other hippy communist loonies. Yes, and I mean communist. Because unions are liberals, which means socialists, and then it's only a matter of time before we are all enslaved under communism. Read your history!


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

And you're amusing, if not paranoid.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

And now you resort to a typical union tactic which is calling people they disagree with names in an effort like any good union supported communist to suppress the constitutional right to free speech. I am not amused.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Okay, Allen, you post a link that shows Safeway unions are against this proposal.

I'm not opposed to convenience stores, but I do not personally see a need for a store at this particular location. I don't buy my gas there now, so I can continue to drive by no matter what gets approved.


Posted by Allen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

Typical lazy deadbeat turncoat's union antics, asking others to do the work one should be doing themselves. I'll not do your work for you. Ask some of your comrades among the Safeway unionistas for assistance.


Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

My homework? I didn't make the claim. Good luck with your next discussion, "Allen."


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