MT. NEBO — The 7-Eleven on Mt. Nebo Road will shut its doors at the end of July.
Two employees — who did not want to be named — confirmed that the convenience store, which is well-known for its Slurpees and Big Gulp drinks, will close on July 26. The closure is a directive that came from the convenience store’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, they said.
The employees declined to comment on how many people are employed at the Mt. Nebo location. However, the closure of the Mt. Nebo location is just the latest in a string of region-wide closings of 7-Elevens. On Sept. 14, 2016, the 7-Eleven in downtown Buckhannon near Jawbone Park closed. Then, the Weston Democrat recently learned that three 7-Eleven stores in Lewis County are closing, including one on East Third Street, a second in Kittonsville and a third in Halesville.
Luke Shanks, an Upshur County resident who regularly stops by the Mt. Nebo location, said he was disappointed in the news of the closure.
“I think it’s sad,” he said while drinking a cup of coffee in the 7-Eleven parking lot Monday morning. “There’s a lot of locals who meet here to have coffee and talk. I’ve met a lot of nice friends here. I think it’s really going to hurt the area. I mean, how many ATVs do you see on the weekend in this parking lot? Where are they going to go for gas? Kesling Mill is a long ways away.”
Several messages left with 7-Eleven’s corporate office were not returned by press time.