Do You Shop at 7-Eleven?

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The recent LA city council decision to ban new fast-food outlets from opening within half a mile of existing restaurants, got me thinking about my own neighborhood.  I live in Mar Vista, a somewhat cushy west side neighborhood, south of the 10 and west of the 405.  Within a mile of my house is Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Von’s, Albertsons, plus numerous 7-11’s and Mexican markets.  There is even a weekly farmers market.  So clearly, not a food desert.  It’s more like a food rainforest.

7-Elevens in my zip code
7-Elevens in my zip code (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Evan posted a link to a story about the city council’s decision on her Facebook page and Diana commented on the presence of numerous 7-Eleven stores in her North Hollywood neighborhood.  There are 10 7-Eleven’s within 5 miles of my house.  Ten!  I mean, people always complain about the ubiquity of Starbucks, this 7-Eleven thing is ridiculous.

I’m working on a story for Good Food about this phenomenon.  I’d love to hear from you.  Do you shop at 7-Eleven?  What do you buy?  How many stores are in your neighborhood?