7-Eleven Crackdown Ousts Veteran Franchise Owners Of Stores In Wicker, Lincoln Park

09/10/2013 05:49 pm ET

Story by Alisa Hauser and Serena Dai, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago:

WICKER PARK — Discord between the nation's largest convenience store chain and its franchisees has hit Chicago, with 7-Eleven taking over a number of stores from the owners, in some cases for allegedly selling nonapproved items.

One local operator said he was forced to relinquish ownership of four 7-Elevens in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Boystown and Lincoln Square. Another franchisee said the Dallas-based company took over his stores in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Jefferson Park and Portage Park.

Franchisee Jay Rawal said 7-Eleven officials cleared his store's shelves on Friday of "the stuff they didn't want me to be selling," and security guards emptied his files into black trash bags, which they gave back to him.

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