YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For more than a decade, the 7-Eleven on Commerce Street has served up more than Lotto tickets, coffee, and other traditional convenience-store items. It has also served as a source of entertainment and camaraderie over the years, with many customers returning for the community atmosphere fostered by its affable store-runners.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Ahmed and Ramzi Bashjawish announced their final day at 7-Eleven would be Wednesday, Aug. 12. The store will be run by new franchisees, Ramzi told Yorktown News.
“For the past 14 years, our aim was to provide a great place to meet your convenience-store needs,” they wrote in a letter to their customers. “Throughout that time, our aim was to improve store operations, ensure access to a variety of inventory and provide great customer service in a clean environment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“We have developed great relationships with all of you, got to know you and many of your extended families,” they continued. “We have seen young kids grow up fast, graduate, go on to work or college, and have families of their own while our kids grew before our eyes.”
During their ownership, the 7-Eleven has remained opened through rain, snow, blizzards and blackouts. But the time has come, they said, to “ponder our future endeavors.”
“We will miss the camaraderie, laughs shared, and discussing the day’s events or top stories,” they said. “Most of all, we will miss you, our friends.”