Alma College has purchased the building at 426 Wright Avenue in Alma that housed the former 7-Eleven store.
“While we believe it is critical for our students and the community to have a thriving convenience store rather than a boarded-up building, it is not the college’s intent to acquire multiple buildings in downtown Alma,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “Acquiring this property made sense because of its proximity to the campus and its history of providing convenience items.
“We sometimes receive inquiries about whether property purchased by the college comes off the city tax roll,” says Abernathy. “College-owned properties that are not part of the college’s core business remain taxable. This building will continue to generate property tax revenue for the community.”
The college is actively seeking an individual or company to lease the building and operate a convenience store. Interested business professionals with convenience or retail experience may contact Sandee Gadde, executive assistant to the chief operating officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7-Eleven closed in June 2018 after decades in business at the Wright Avenue location.