What’s Your Convenience Store?

I wonder if the rest of the world is as dependent on 7-11 as we are. When 7-11 first hit town, many moons ago, people talked about the convenience and how you could get emergency supplies even after the regular stores were closed for the evening. But you paid for that convenience. It was not wise to go there when the other stores were open because everything was way more expensive at 7-11. Now it doesn’t matter. The stores are now open all night too and the prices are comparable.

7-11 Store

The stores figured out that all they needed to do to compete was to stay open all night. Did it work? Maybe. Do I go to the grocery store at 2:00 am? Sometimes. But 7-11 still has something they don’t — easy in and out service and location, location, location! I might even go so far as to say that 7-11 changed the way we live and the hours that we keep. They do lock down the sale of liquor at some point in the evening; the 24-hour grocers do too. They have easy-access, hot food all night. Why am I talking about 7-11? Because they’re everywhere?

In Honolulu you can’t go more than a mile or two without running into one. Outside of Honolulu proper you might have to go a little further but each little town has at least one… maybe two. For me there’ are two — less than two blocks away from each other. Are they both busy? Yes! Are they both crowded? Yes! Location, location, location. We have adopted them and some of us have chosen favorites. The personality of a store is important to some of us. I know I have my favorites.

This is Eddie This is Eddie. Eddie is homeless but he has his favorite places too. About a year ago my car was broken into at my 7-11 (I’m still waiting to catch someone in the act and nail ’em!) and Eddie wasn’t there yet. He comes in the evening usually and hopes for a Good Samaritan to give him a couple of bucks for something to eat. When I walked out of the store and saw the glass on the ground, Eddie showed up and pushed the huge chunk of glass, in spite of my protests, off my window and onto the ground.

After calling the police and calling my husband I whipped around and looked at Eddie and hollered, “Where were you?!?” He just put his head down. He has kept an eye on my car ever since. My husband always gave him a couple of bucks and now I do too! He’s a gentle person and always says, “God bless you.” The difference between Eddie and most of the other people that throw that phrase around is that he means it and you can hear the sincerity in his voice. It’s more money in 7-11’s pocket anyway because he goes in and gets something to eat. No, I have never seen him with liquor.

This same 7-11 is also the place that someone stole a car not realizing that they took someone’s baby with them. What does this say about my 7-11? That they need a security guard maybe? Pay Eddie! He needs a job! Now there’s an idea!

7-11 has been acclimated to our local culture so they carry the products that suit us best. That was a good business decision. The Spam musubi is pretty good. I like the Spam katsu musubi. I haven’t eaten it for a while but I know it was good a while back. They’re even selling manapua now. Their manapua, I have to admit, is not representative of the real thing. It’s edible but not quite right — the dough is too fluffy for manapua. If you like manapua, the first time you buy theirs might be the last. So, buy a hot dog instead — that’s always a sure thing.

I’m telling you, they have become a part of the way we live. Just recently a 7-11 opened up in Niu Valley. Suddenly this little shopping center that used to be so dead has come to life! See, they’re good for the businesses around them too! That’s a new favorite of mine too — they carry my soda and they are rarely out of it. I only asked once and they have kept it in stock ever since.

7-11 Nuuanu

Thank you, 7-11. I have no idea what made me talk about you. I guess I must like you a little. Thinking about Eddie is what made me actually do this. He needs a dentist to stop the pain in his teeth. You need a security guard at the upper Nuuanu 7-11. We should clean him up and put him in uniform!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blue // Jul 15, 2007 at 5:59 am

    7-11 is pretty popular here in Virginia as well. But they all have gas stations! Where I was in Oregon I didn’t even know 7-11 carried gas because they were few and far between.
    Your story just goes to show, not all homeless are slobering drunks, who vandalize, some of them are kind hearted individuals who are just down on their luck.

  • 2 Evelyn // Jul 15, 2007 at 8:46 am

    This is very true, Blue. There’s always a reason the homeless are where they are… we just never really know what that reason is. Sigh. I guess we all have a problem with the ever-growing homeless population.

    Almost all of our 7-11’s sell gas. Some don’t but I think that is only because of space limitations. Waikiki, for example, has a 7-11 but there’s no room for a gas station where they are! 🙂

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving your comment! Please feel free to hang out whenever you want!

  • 3 tutusue // Jul 15, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I think you’re on to something with Eddie, Evelyn. Have you discussed your idea with that 7-11’s manager? Granted, an additional, payrolled person may not be in the store’s or corporate’s budget but, hey, it can’t hurt to ask. Where there’s a will…

  • 4 Evelyn // Jul 15, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    You know, tutusue, I thought about it but can you imagine how horrible it would be if he just looked at them and said, “No, I don’t wanna work!” But, you’re right… it couldn’t hurt to ask. Actually, as I was posting this I got a sudden panic that they might chase him away if they see this post?!? Yikes! Thanks for visiting and for leaving your comment! I’ll be sure to let you guys know if anything nuts happens! 🙂

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