WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—7-Eleven is giving new life to a former First Savings and Loan building by converting the rundown 1950s-era art deco bank to a modern convenience store with a six-pump forecourt, reports the Palm Beach Post.
Slated to open in July, the 7-Eleven at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Olive Avenue will have a two-story tower-like rotunda, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, 1950s-era chandelier and a standalone clock. There will be space for both indoor and outdoor dining on the site.
“It’s challenging because the way the space is configured it’s an unusable and unfriendly space to occupy,” Flagler Realty & Development founder Patrick Koenig told the Palm Beach Post. Koenig pitched the idea of renovating the empty building, which is a contributing structure to the Central Park Historic District, to 7-Eleven. “I thought they could do something really special and everyone agreed.”
The City of West Palm Beach officials granted waivers to allow for three fuel islands with two pumps each, 24-hour operation of store and a tax abatement to encourage the historic restoration, the Palm Beach Post reports.
“The best way to preserve historic buildings is to have a viable use for them,” said Friederike Mittner, historic preservation planner for the city. “So, we have to be creative.”
For a behind-the-scenes look at 7-Eleven’s Evolution stores and the convenience retailer’s drive to rethink, remodel and regroup to expand its appeal, read “The Reimaging of 7-Eleven” in the December 2020 issue of NACS Magazine.
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