From the six or more commercial trucks parked outside of it at Wisconsin and O Streets on Sunday, it looks like Georgetown's second 7-11 could open any day. I know this is a controversial project. I'm on the side of the doubters. It's not because of wanting to live in some dreamy, misty past where we always pay homage to what came before. I don't live in the past, actually.
It does matter that it was once "Doc" Dalinsky's popular pharmacy, but that's because it was a sole-proprietor business and a vital part of the community. It was a hang-out for some of the village's most dedicated residents. It lifted up the neighborhood.
When a 7-11 becomes a hangout, it's generally not for reasons of lifting up its environs, and the environs of that corner need major lifting up. Also, there's a CVS one block away. Short of coffee and hot dogs, it provides much of what 7-11 sells.
My main reason for objecting to a 7-11 at that corner is the impact it could have on nearby small businesses, such as the Georgetown Dinette and Wingo's. We need them to stay in business because they are part of who we are as a village. Read the comments about Georgetown Dinette on Yelp. They are a range, but largely positive and recognize uniqueness. The same for Wingo's.
The last time we had a 7-11 on Wisconsin, up at the corner of Q, it failed. It's now Edible Arrangements. We have one double-wide 7-11 at P and 27th, and it does well because there's street parking available, and it's convenient for coming into and going out of Georgetown. It's easy to run in and out. If we have to have two of something, I'd rather have two Sweetgreens, or a café, such as Poupon or Leopold's.