How Bloomberg’s soda ban favors 7-Eleven over local bodegas
Earlier this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped to pass a measure that will limit the size of sugary drinks available for purchase in delis, restaurants and movie theaters to 16 ounces, in an effort to tackle the obesity epidemic.
One side effect, however, could be the demise of some neighborhood delis and bodegas, and the concurrent rise of chain stores like 7-Eleven. Critics say the ban, which is set to come into effect this spring, cracks down unfairly on small business owners while allowing some large convenience stores to skirt the rules.
7-Eleven, one of the fastest growing chains in New York City, recently announced plans to open 30 new locations within the next five years. The Dallas-based convenience stores will be able to sell all drinks prohibited under the ban, including their super-sized Big Gulp, because they are governed by the state health department, and not the city department, company representatives told ABC/Univision.
Scott Drake, a 7-Eleven spokesperson, told ABC/Univision that his company will be prepared for any extra traffic that may come to their stores due to the sugary drinks ban that will affect delis, food carts and restaurants.
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