7-Eleven adds to small presence in area with new Rotterdam store

The new 7-Eleven on Route 7 in Rotterdam is shown Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

The new 7-Eleven on Route 7 in Rotterdam is shown Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.

ROTTERDAM — The newest convenience store in town is ready to cut the ribbon.

The 7-Eleven at 330 Becker Drive opened in early September and will formally celebrate its grand opening Saturday, according to signs posted on-site.

The shop shares a building with a wine and liquor store and a Wendy’s.

It fronts onto Route 7 near the entrance to interstates 88 and 90 and sits directly across from the Pilot Travel Center, a truck stop that also sells gas for light vehicles and has fast food options. 

Company headquarters in Texas did not respond to a request for comment on the new store, or on what plans if any, it may have in the Capital Region.

In the convenience store industry, 7-Eleven is king, with more than 9,000 locations in the United States and more than 70,000 worldwide. In 2020, it boasted that its franchise-based business model cranked out a new shop every 3.5 hours in 2019, before the pandemic hit.

However, it is under-represented in the Capital Region, especially compared with Saratoga County-based Stewart’s Shops, which has four shops in Rotterdam alone, and Cumberland Farms, which has three shops in town.

Stewart’s, Cumbies and other operators have scores of locations across the Capital Region, while 7-Eleven shows just six: three in Albany, one each in Latham and Wilton, and now, one in Rotterdam.

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