The Nauck Civic Association, community members and Arlington County will join the owner of a new 7-Eleven on Saturday to celebrate the store’s opening on the ground floor of the Shelton, a 94-unit affordable housing apartment building, the news release said.
The small business owner of the new 7-Eleven store, Nasir Ahmad, is known to many in the Nauck community as a longtime neighbor and owner of the popular Lucky 7 convenience store. In 2013, a fire destroyed Lucky 7, leaving Nauck without a convenience store and causing several people to lose their jobs.
Ahmad, a strong supporter of the neighborhood and its heritage, chose to start his new venture in Nauck. Working with County staff, Ahmad explored options for another retail opportunity and obtained a franchise to open the 7-Eleven store.
Ahmad’s 7-Eleven is consistent with the adopted Nauck Village Center Action Plan, which guides reinvigorating the commercial area with mixed-use development; affordable housing; and retail and services. The plan calls for a walkable, “Main Street” environment along Shirlington Road. Since adoption of the plan in 2004, two developments have added 130 affordable housing units to the neighborhood.
- A grand-opening ribbon-cutting event
- Saturday, May 17 - Grand Opening with free food and drinks from 1-4 p.m.; ribbon-cutting ceremony from 2-2:30 p.m.
- 3215 24th Street S. (AHC Shelton)
- Tyra Baker, Chair, Nauck Revitalization Organization
- Clyde Pelzer, Second Vice President, Nauck Civic Association
- Nasir Ahmad, Owner, 7-Eleven
- Walter Tejada, County Board Member
- County staff