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Chainification of NYC

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One year ago 7-Eleven executives gave the biggest brainfreeze of all time to chain store haters, announcing they planned to open 100 new stores in Manhattan. That expansion has been off to a slow start, but Crain's checks in on the Slurpee jockeys today. Two Murray Hill stores have recently opened, two more leases have been signed, and 15-20 stores should be up and running by the end of 2012. [Crain's]