Known for its refreshing Big Gulps and ice cold Slurpees, 7-Eleven’s newest location will call Waxahachie home. Planning and Zoning Commission members gave their approval to the retailer’s request for a specific use permit during the panel’s Tuesday night meeting.
Senior planner Colby Collins said the development will allow for both gasoline and diesel fuel sales. There will be six gas pumps, which will allow for a maximum of 12 vehicles to fuel at any given time at the location on the corner of U.S. Highway 77 and Kirskey Street.
“The applicant is meeting the landscape requirements per the city of Waxahachie zoning ordinance,” he said. “They will be providing some elm trees as well as some crape myrtles along the side of the property and the front of the property.
“I do want to give credit to the applicant,” he said. “When they first submitted, there were less windows on the front of the property as well as brick walls on the side and the back. After speaking with staff, the applicant did go back and put in windows on the side and the front and as well at the rear of the property. As you drive along Highway 77, you will be able to see the building from the sides well as the front.”
The business will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an average of three employees per shift through the day and night, he said.
According to documents filed with the city, the proposed development received two letters of support.
“We are absolutely for this change,” resident Sarah Williams wrote. “Our property backs right up to the car wash and Furniture by Sleep Quarters. Noise has been a huge issue for us.
“I think the new plans sound wonderful and with the addition of the masonry fence all the way down to the alley to Braum’s,” she said. “This sounds like a dream come true. I appreciate all of the work and effort you have put into this to make sure you do what is best for our neighborhood and the community.”
Jeff Frazier of Interbank, which is located across the street from the property, also wrote that he was in support of the project, noting, however, that traffic access needs to be addressed and regulated on Kirkesy Street.
Representing 7-Eleven, Matthew Smith told the commission that the existing carwash and store at the site would be torn down to make way for the new construction.
According to the 7-Eleven website, the company has more than 60,000 stores across the globe, including Australia, Sweden, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and the Philippines. Each store offers hot food, healthy choices, sandwiches, bakery, breakfast, pizza and beverages to its customers.
With the P&Z’s approval of the request, the project will go before the city council at its May 20 meeting.
For more information about 7-Eleven, visit its website at www.7-eleven.com.