Although long a holdout against free-standing convenience stores, La Cañada is poised this year to see two 7-Eleven stores open.
The former La Cañada Liquor store at 1585 Foothill Blvd. is being rebranded as a 7-Eleven, and a Union 76 gas station undergoing renovations on Foothill at Angeles Crest Highway also will include a 7-Eleven.
City Councilwoman Laura Olhasso said that although the city decided years ago that it didn’t want convenience stores, the shops are permitted when attached to gas stations.
City staff initially rebuffed the 7-Eleven at La Cañada Liquor when it asked for a permit to operate as a convenience store, but the owners then chose to do business essentially as a liquor store.
The storefront, Ohasso said, “already had a liquor license, there is no way to deny that application, so it just got approved at the staff level. There was nothing to stop it.”