7-Eleven Declares War on Local Bodegas

NEW YORK - JUNE 18:  Jesus Martinez works at his bodega grocery store around the corner from where Bolivar Cruz was killed while working at his bodega last week June 18, 2007 in the Queens borough of New York City. Sixteen area bodega stores in Queens have been robbed since March. While crime has dropped throughout New York City, operating a bodega is still a risky job as many clients are poor and the stores are often situated in high crime areas.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jesus Martinez
Photo: Spencer Platt/2007 Getty Images

The 7-Eleven invasion of Manhattan will ramp up with at least 114 new stores expected to open in the next five years. Yes, they will have Slurpees, hot dogs, and cheap prices, but they will not have bodega cats or character.