The proposed 2,940-square-foot convenience store was given the go ahead by the City Council and is expected to be open in four to five months.
"I know people are worried about there being something on every corner, but it's healthy," Councilwoman Debbie Stone said. "It's revenue for the city, and by golly we all know we need the revenue."
The vacant automotive repair building on the lot will be demolished to make way for the 7-Eleven store, which will feature a modern design and layout.
The Planning Commission approved the project in June.
Upland-based Briggs Law Corp. filed appeal in July, followed by a supplemental appeal filed in August, on behalf of Sheela Mathew, co-owner of the Circle K on the northwest corner of Campus and Foothill.
The appeal challenges the project's environmental findings.
Mathew and three others opposed to the project spoke during last week's meeting.
They are concerned about 7-Eleven's potential economic impact on surrounding businesses that sell similar products and traffic congestion.
"We already have five or six convenience stores, liquor stores, CVS, Walmart, smoke shops - all these stores less than a mile distance, and we don't need one more convenience store on the corner location," Mathew said.
Councilman Brendan Brandt voted in favor of the project because it met the guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act, which does not allow for the consideration of issues of economic impact and repetition of business type.
"I know it's a controversial project. We all don't always want to particular use, but the fact is this particular property is zoned for that use currently," Brandt said. "I think we have a project here that's based on the presentation and that what we have in front of us is not your typical 7-Eleven and so I'm in favor of the project."
The council also approved the off-sale alcohol license for the sale of beer and wine.
This will be the fifth ABC license holder in the area.
Three are allowed in the area by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, but more are allowed if the City Council deems them to be a public convenience or necessity.
Between 10 to 14 percent of 7-Eleven's sales are from alcohol, according to the staff report.
Mayor Ray Musser voted against the project because of the amount of liquor that would be available for sale in the area, which is adjacent to St. Joseph Catholic Church and School.
"I found I can get liquor in three different areas and here will be the fourth," he said. "I'm not real fan of the liquor and am more concerned about the school. It's a temptation for our school kids."
Musser spoke with the pastor at St. Joseph on Campus as well as the owner of Classy Mart near the northeast corner of Campus and Foothill as well as the Mathews.
He said the business owners told him their sales have decreased since the Walmart Neighborhood Market opened to the east at Foothill and Grove Avenue.
"I feel it's not the right project when we put four on one corner when competition is down the road," he said.
Musser said although he was opposed to the project, he was disturbed that it took two years to get before the council.
"That's the part we're going to work on. That should not happen," he said.
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