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Cornelius Sam’s-to-7-Eleven proposal resurfaces

CORNELIUS — A convenience-store conversion and enlargement project that was withdrawn by the developer in January has resurfaced on the town of Cornelius planning agenda.

Dallas-based 7-Eleven wants to split and conditionally rezone the 1-acre site on which a Sam’s Mart sits at Magnolia Estates and West Catawba Avenue.

The new 7-Eleven would be a 3,030-square-foot store. The plan calls for combining the Sam’s Mart’s 1,843 square feet with a 1,187-square-foot addition.

The conversion effort is part of 7-Eleven’s transformation of 55 Charlotte-area Sam’s Marts into 7-Eleven stores.

The proposal was previously withdrawn because the company had hit a negotiating snag with the property owner, said Wayne Herron, Cornelius planning director. The new site plan, filed with the town on Feb. 22 and just made public, “is exactly the same — they asked that pick back up where we left off,” Herron said. 7-Eleven corporate officials could not be reached for comment.

The new request is now scheduled to go in front of the town Planning Board at 6:30 p.m. April 8 and before the town Board of Commissioners for a final up-or-down vote at 7 p.m. May 6. Both meeting are at Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

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