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Oh thank heaven: Manager of Granby 7-Eleven buys business

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Slurpees, Big Gulp and Taquitos consumers in Granby can rest assured ” starting soon a large proportion of their 7-Eleven dollars will remain local rather than being distributed to a corporate conglomerate.

Chris Thorne, manager of the local Agate Avenue 7-Eleven, has opted to buy the convenience store business she’s overseen since September 1999.

Corporate 7-Eleven began franchising its stores in Colorado first in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas, Thorne said, then lately has begun releasing its mountain stores.

Managers of stores are given first dibs at buying the businesses prior to them being marketed to the public.

Thorne, who enjoys the home she purchased in Granby eight years ago, recently decided to jump on the opportunity.

She soon will be the owner of the convenience store business, and 7-Eleven will remain owner of the property. “We both profit out of it,” she said.

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“Since it’s my store, I wanted to keep it.”

The local Grand Mountain Bank provided Thorne the financing, she said.

The 7-Eleven, which has been a mainstay in Granby since 1976, will stay as such, but Thorne will gain the freedom to provide products “that better suit the needs of the local community,” such as more produce or a larger Hispanic section.

By franchising individual businesses, Thorne guessed that 7-Eleven feels “the businesses can cater more to their areas.”

The store fills a niche for “fast friendly service, and has what the customer needs in a fast atmosphere,” Thorne said.

Something the 7-Eleven headquarters say cannot change, however, is a sounding door bell. Employees tolerate it.

“That’s part of security,” Thorne said, who tries to tune out the door signal all day, every day. “You get to where you block it out until someone mentions it, then that’s all you hear.”

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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