New 7-Eleven to open at former Gus's store; 7-Eleven across the street to stay open

A 7-Eleven across the street from a 7-Eleven? You are about to witness it in Bel Air.

The 7-Eleven store that has stood on Baltimore Pike near Hays Street for 47 years will soon be joined by a new 7-Eleven on the former site of Gus's Deli and, before that, Wawa, in the 300 block of Main Street, across from the county administration building.

The new store is expected to open June 24 – coincidentally, exactly 47 years after the June 24, 1965 opening of the older store, company spokeswoman Margaret Chabris said Monday.

The new store will be 3,200 square feet versus the 2,600 square feet of the older store, and will not have a beer and wine license, which the older store does.

"Both will be operating; the Baltimore Pike store is not expected to close," Chabris said. "The newer location will offer 7-Eleven's proprietary beverages – coffee, Slurpee and Big Gulp drinks, hot foods, fresh foods delivered daily, the usual fill-in groceries, health and beauty items, snacks, soft, energy and juice drinks."

Chabris also said it is not "uncommon" to have two stores so close to one another.

"All sites are selected after a good deal of research into traffic patterns, traffic/pedestrian generators," she wrote in an e-mail. "The real estate team believes this would be a convenient location for [workers], residents, visitors within a quarter-mile radius of the new store."

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