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New 7-Eleven Taking Shape on Route 347

Construction of a new 7-11 on the corner of Terry Road and Route 347 has led to the clearing of a roadside memorial for a Ronkonkoma boy.


A new building that has stirred local curiosity on the corner of Terry Road and Route 347 is quickly taking the shape of a new 7-Eleven.

Employees in the Town of Smithtown's Planning Department confirmed Monday that a new 7-Eleven is being constructed on the northwest corner of Terry Road and Route 347 in Smithtown, opposite Walgreens.

The paved site, a gas station several years back, has been vacant for several years. A chain link fence went up around the property in early April, screening off the space for construction to begin.

When construction started, workers removed a large bike frame that served as a roadside memorial for Ronkonkoma boy killed at the intersection in 2009. According to Long Island Business News, Nicholas Svercel, 15, was riding his bike northbound across Terry Road at roughly 4 p.m. when he was hit and killed by driver Alex Helkin, 25, of Farmingdale, on Nov. 26, 2009.

His family and friends had left the frame of Svercel's blackened BMW bike on the corner of the intersection, whose white bike chain had been shaped into a heart. Standing near was a white cross decorated with red ribbons and several burnt candles from prior vigils.

Now, most if not all traces of the memorial have been removed to make way for the new convenience store.

The popular convenience chain has several franchises near the future Smithtown site. One location at 206 Smithtown Bypass is less than 2 miles away, or less than a five-minute trip on the same roadway.


Tell us, what do you think of the new 7-Eleven being built?

Nesconset Dude July 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Taxes will never go down, it's just a guarantee. I would start digging in on the schools if that's the #1 problem, that's where about 75% of your tax $$$ go.
RC July 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Hey Dude! I like your scarcasm.. We need another place coffee, donuts, slurpees, all kinds of junk food, BEER!!
Nesconset Dude July 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Mmmmmmmm, beeeeeeer. God bless Cuomo for easing the laws for locally brewed beer makers. They should have put a micro brewery at this location, that's something we don't see much of in the area.
John September 08, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Did I hear right? A bank is going up on the south side of 347 and Terry Road? Wasn't the ground contaminated from leaks by the previous gas station that once stood there? There goes that tax revenue again.
David September 08, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Yes you heard right. CHASE is going there and they starting working the other day. Of course the ground was contaminated but it has been how many years now? The town of Smithtown figures most have forgotten lets let them build . They dont care about anything. Didnt you see when 7-11 hit the GAS lines that were left in the ground they halted for a day or two then quickly covered it up BEFORE DEC could get there to exmine. then it was like WHAT gas lines. thank Heavans for Cell Phones THESE PICTURES that are in the DEC hands now will see where that goes.

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