7-Eleven sues Town of Huntington over zoning law
The convenience store chain 7-Eleven has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Huntington, claiming that it is being unfairly targeted by a new zoning law.In June, the town made a local law regarding free-standing convenience stores such as 7-Eleven stricter in an effort to improve the quality of life. Now, any new stores have to apply for a special permit from the zoning board - an ordinance that 7-Eleven calls discriminatory. However, town officials say they aren't backing down."We are going to continue to stand by our regulations that we passed," says Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone. "We feel that we're on solid ground."The changes in the law don't apply to stores that already exist, only to projects that are pending or proposed in the future. According to Huntington officials, there are currently two proposed 7-Eleven stores before the board.