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Seeing double: Two Maple Avenue 7-Eleven’s seem to be getting close

Slurpee aficionados in Burlington may feel like they’re in 7-Eleventh Heaven right now as the convenience store chain presses ahead with the construction of two new locations along a relatively short stretch of Maple Avenue.

Right now, work seems to have more or less wrapped up on one of these stores at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Hanford Road. Located a couple of blocks south of I-85/40, this store occupies a one-acre parcel that was formerly home to a Shoney’s restaurant.

According to county land records, a Charlotte-based company acquired this parcel for $900,000 just two months after the city approved the commencement of “construction activities” on January 3, 2022.

[Story continues below photo of Maple Avenue location near Hanford Road.]

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Less than half a mile north of this store, work is zipping along on a second 7-Eleven at the southwest corner of Maple Avenue and Chapel Road.

This 1.73-acre site was previously the setting for a Rite Aid pharmacy that closed when its parent company was bought out by Walgreens. In the summer of 2021, the property was purchased for $1.8 million by a limited liability corporation, which turned around and sold the land for nearly $7.9 million to a buyer in Dallas, Texas in the fall of 2022.

[Story continues below photo of Maple Avenue & Chapel Hill Road location.]

According to Burlington’s inspection records, the site’s former owner obtained a permit to demolish the old pharmacy in May of 2022.

Since then, a flurry of additional permits have allowed the current property owner to bring the new convenience store to an advanced state of completion.

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