UPDATE: Construction at the Corner of Monument & Oak Grove – Who’s Movin’ In?

June 17, 2013 8:00 am · 68 comments


There’s construction going on in the empty lot at 1096 Oak Grove Road in Concord (corner of Oak Grove & Monument).

Word has it that a 7-Eleven will be constructed on the property. We’re hearing it’ll be a 3,000 square foot building.

Thanks to Tim for the picture!

UPDATE: Yep, it’s definitely going to be a 7-Eleven.


Thanks to “ConcordKiwi” for finding the picture shown above, which is located on the website of Hall Equities Group.

CCW June 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Just what we need another 7-11 for the hoods to hang out at and peddle their drugs.

funny guy June 17, 2013 at 8:04 AM

ugh four on that one street. the end can not come soon enuf.


Dragon June 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM

We don’t need another 7-11 in that area. I’m not sure what we *do* need (although a Jamba Juice would be nice), but another convenience store definitely isn’t it.

Or a park. Open space is always good.

Parsnip June 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

We have got to be the most boring location in the world for tourists AND locals considering that we can’t expand beyond 7-11s (and the like), fast food places, “restaurants,” Safeways, Luckys, gas stations, sports stores, check cashing places and ATM machines …

Parsnip June 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Parsnip con’t: Oh wait … there are cell phone stores! Hey! Maybe it will be a cell phone store!!

delasalle June 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

I hope that’s not the case. Do we really need another convenience store in that area? It will just be another spot to loiter and panhandle.

Mrs Kravitz June 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Oh crap! Just what we need at that corner. Another gathering place to compete with the one 4 blocks away.

Winston June 17, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Kind of a sad replacement for the Safeway that just closed over there. Any word on somebody moving in there? Also any news on what is to become of the OSH now that Lowes ownes ’em? I don’t want to sound entirely negative tho. At least some people will get some work building the new 7e

the other jj June 17, 2013 at 8:28 AM

will they sell pumkins and Christmas trees ??

Cat June 17, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Wow…just what we need on Monument…another 7-11.

Jerk June 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I hear Mi Pueblo is moving into the old Safeway. Perfect for the demographics + they take WIC and EBT.

Sacto Rob June 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

FYI, the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Monument used to be known as “Four Corners.” I’m aware that not everyone who reads this blog is a Concord old timer, but it’s because articles such as this fail to include such references that identifying terms such as ‘Four Corners” get lost and forgottoen.

Funkillermommy June 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Is there ANYONE on the Concord city council who cares about their city? 99 cent liquor licenses? 3 7-11s(a magnet for crime and scum)on Monument Blvd.? Unless someone steps in to stop this poor decision making, for the sake of tax income greed, Concord will continue its downward spiral/suicide mission. Urban planning at its very worst!

JD June 17, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Another robber magnet!

concordkiwi June 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM
corridor cleaner June 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Oh darn, I was really hoping it was going to be another taco bell.

iPhone June 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

I vote for an Olive Garden.

Wait for it..... June 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

……… not an Olive Garden!!!???

disappointed too June 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Here’s the link to the design review board minutes from last year. Looks like it’s a lock to be a 7-11.


BagsFlyFree June 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

While the 7-11 is clearly not needed, the dirt lot it replaced was doing nothing for the city outside of funds collected from the small pumpkin patch and Xmas tree lots. We should be more enraged at the huge open plot of dirt behind OSH that has done nothing for years! That is wasted land that could be so much more than what it is now (think park, ice rink in the winter, walking paths, dog park… With the Clayton road corridor being pretty much completely developed, the space noted above, the land next to the skate park, and the CNWS are becoming the few open spaces left that the city could influence to add entertainment and quality of life value for the population.

BFF Out!

Victor mature June 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Make it 3 for olive garden

funkillermom June 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Mi Pueblo…better than 7-11 anyday, #11! Have you tried the arrachera?? yumm!

ClayDen June 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM


I was surprised to read in your post that Lowes owns OSH. I checked and the OSH bankruptcy filing is today, and Lowes will operate them as separate stores from Lowes, as OSH. I guess that Craftsman will be replaced by Kobalt in their stores. I hope they are able to keep them open, especially tho one at Clayton and YV Rd. Much more convenient than Ace on Clayton Rd. BTW, I’ve been shopping at OSH since the 1960s in San Jose.

Em Dubya June 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

For sure another 7-11 would be a perfect addition to the lovely Four Corners area – Slurpees keep the locals refreshed on hot days.

Anon June 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

@ Winston,

“At least some people will get some work building the new 7e”

Have you ever seen them hire someone who is Anglo-Saxon desent be hired at a 7-eleven?…seriously the only people who get jobs in those stores are Abduls brother’s cousin on his father’s side…I find it odd if I open a business and I don’t hire with some diversity I would get picketed maybe even sued and yet these folks hire only from their “region” and no one says a word…we just keep making them rich?…where’s the outrage at these “1 %ers”…you were all thinking it but now I’ve said it

T-Rex June 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Which one will they close when this one opens?

Unionjim June 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I think an ICE substation would have been more appropriate.

Soconcord Resident June 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Now reface the rest of the shopping center and we are all good. The corner will certainly look better with Walgreen’s and 7-11 over a ghetto liquor store and an open crappy lot.

waste of space June 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Really??? Another 7-11??? Because you need cigarettes and slurpees every other block???? What a waste of space and money.
Put in something useful Concord!!!!

WCMom June 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

What a waste.

Mutts June 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM


Winston June 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM

@Anon #37 The 7-11 on my way to work has folks from a variety of parts of the world (including a white guy). But it really depends on the franchisee. A lot of them are family business that mostly hire family members and friends, just like many small businesses do. Besides, wouldn’t you rather have people of the races you don’t like working at 7-11 rather than donning hoodies and robbing you?

butterball June 17, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I think the photo is culturally insensitive because it only shows white people in front of the 7-11.

i'mjustkeepingitreal June 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM

In the above rendering, the people who appear as white outlines represent the projected number of people expected to be robbed/killed at this location.

annie2u June 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What gets me is that there isn’t any setback from the street for the pedestrians.

Ten feet of concrete and then a few shrubs hugging the building. No tree lawn or planters, no greenery or sound barrier separating the street and what could be a pedestrian friendly, shaded, safe, sidewalk. Is this design the inviting small town feel the city council is trying to convey – an eight lane road seamlessly blending into another 10 feet of concrete? Doesn’t seem very small townish.

Why isn’t the city Planning Commission requiring a more pleasant, and less ghetto, facade along the street side of new construction? One which includes making pedestrians safer? Where is the starting point for actually implementing that “small town feel” idea? When is that going to kick in? Even on Monument Blvd., or is Monument a lost cause and we can’t be bother to gentrify “that” part of town?

Steve June 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Really!? That’s NOT what they need there….how about cleaning up Concord?

Winston June 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

@annie2u I like that the city isn’t requiring excessive setbacks. While they can be pretty, they destroy the pedestrian environment by forcing businesses to be far from the street and making people walk extra distances.

NRA #1 fan and member June 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I’m all for a 7-11 as long as it’s not in my area. 7-11 has the COLDEST beer in town and that’s awesome.

Eric June 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

As long as nobody ever messes with my El Faro then we’re all good

Amy June 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I do not shop on Monument because it’s not safe. Too much crime. Maybe the security guard at Walgreens across the street can keep an eye on the 7/11. Oh. Wait. The Walgreens has been robbed, too, in spite of the guards. Ridiculous.

Smokey June 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM

That is one good looking 7-11. Concord would be a different town if it had required aesthetic standards 40 years ago.

Frank C. June 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Oh thank heaven…………

What_Else_Is_NewS June 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Thats a big 7-11…

Charles-the-cat June 17, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I agree that a 7-11 is the last thing that corner needs but I haven’t seen any other businesses offering to build anything better.

Monument Blvd has some wonderful, interesting, and family friendly restaurants and stores. A city council with an ounce of vision would be trying to figure out a way to capitalize on that.

Enough Already June 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The artist rendition failed to add the “illegal” day laborers sitting on the grasss!

Ugh June 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

I agree, why would we need another 7-11…anywhere in California or the US for that matter. Its depressing there’s zero attempt to do something better. I’d rather have the empty dirt lot with pumpkins and xmas trees once a year.

pacman June 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

A great location to harbor Illegals. 7-Eleven franchise is being investigated for its exploitation of illegal immigrants.


Craig Cannon June 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Ridiculous. So that’ll be Four on Monument. Or just off. Seems like they are competing with themselves. Lets have some Variety Concord!

Anon June 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

@Winston…if you say so….I haven’t seen a one….family business good cop-out answer but sure let’s go with that

pacman June 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM
Mimi (original) June 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Mi Pueblo? Even a mini-version would be great to have at that old Safeway location. Ban the 7-11!!

Rabble June 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Great. I can’t wait to start hanging around out in front of it & panhandle folks.

bush June 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

at the beginning I thought that was shot at the store on monument.

ANON June 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Olive Garden!

Just don’t go there after Sunset

No Trabajo June 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Maybe CPD will enforce the day laborer laws, INS substation is a great place to start!

Coffee lover June 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Boo…I was really hoping for a drive thru Starbucks

oh no June 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Why??? How does that even make sense? Not a smart business or community decision.

pacman June 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

didn’t mean it as a shot at anyone

bush June 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Nice pun pacman…you have to admit, the scenery looks like the 7-11 on monument–the one closer to the crossroads shopping center. lol

J. June 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Hall Equities states that it was a vacant lot for “30 years”.

That’s not correct. It was a BP station as recently as 1994

the Shi ite June 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

#56, Starbucks is too “high end” for that spot.

bushes June 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

awwwww pacman..into the bushes with you! lol


Parsnip June 18, 2013 at 6:19 AM

What I’m wondering with all of these same businesses popping up all over the place (Starbucks, 7-11s, Safeways, etc.) is if there is a franchise encroachment ordinance in effect, and if city officials are certain that it’s not being violated.

Anon June 18, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Why so many? Thats 4 within 1 mile of each other. They need to put an In-Out

JRconcord June 18, 2013 at 7:32 AM

SAVE the DIRT I am going to start a movement to save the dirt lot. This lot is where I bought a Tree one time. I have a fond memory of watching a guy pass out drunk in the dirt there. Uh I also think the lot is contaminated with radio active particles from outer space. Save the dirt.

The Mamba June 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Relax guys, this 7-11 has flamethrowers outside the doors in case someone tries to rob it and run out.

BBQ Pit Master June 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Need a good BBQ joint…….

Beeper June 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

to UnionJim:

and are you going to do the jobs they are doing?

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