EAST ORANGE, NJ – The City of East Orange is proud to announce the start of construction on a new 7-Eleven® store, the first franchise of its kind in the city.

The city will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Sept. 14, at 12:30pm to welcome the store to its prime location at the corner of South Arlington Avenue and Freeway Drive East. 

The new store is across the street from the East Orange Public Library and one block south of the East Orange Train Station. Ceremony attendees will include Mayor Lester E. Taylor III,  members of the East Orange City Council, Valerie Jackson, Director of the Department of Policy, Planning and Development; representatives from 7-Eleven, and others from  the community.

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“We are excited to witness the dynamic transformation of our city as new businesses begin to choose East Orange” said Mayor Taylor. “The City of East Orange welcomes the addition of 7-Eleven to our community, and especially to our Transit Village.” 

The 7-Eleven location is one of the busiest points in East Orange’s designated Transit Village Area with more than 12,000 motorists driving by daily. It also is within walking distance of City Hall, Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange Municipal Court, and East Orange General Hospital. 

“Every step in the building of our relationship with the City of East Orange has been productive and an absolute pleasure,” said Michael Gould, market manager for 82 7-Eleven stores in north central New Jersey. “We are looking forward to being a part of and serving this community for many years.” 

Gould added that the East Orange location will be a great addition to the stores he is responsible for, which he describes as a mix of urban, suburban and rural in communities that serve customers from Jersey City, to Clark, Edison, and points west, including Hackettstown. 

The ceremony will be the first groundbreaking since Mayor Taylor has taken office, and there are plans for at least five more by the end of the year.

“We are delighted to have 7-Eleven as a corporate partner,” said Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning and Development. “There are a number of construction projects in the pipeline, and this groundbreaking marks the beginning of an era of redevelopment that is long overdue in the City of East Orange.