The 7-Eleven franchise company hopes to open or convert corner markets and have 134 stores by 2017 for Manhattan. In the U.S., 7-Eleven is largely seen as a symbol of suburbia, but it’s achieved urban density elsewhere. Copenhagen, for example, is frequently described as having a 7-Eleven on every corner. (In total, there are 197 7-Elevens in Denmark, a country of only 5.5 million people.) According to 7-Eleven itself, the company was once hesitant to open urban stores because it wasn’t confident that urban customers would be interested in the limited product selection of smaller stores. The company believes that its expanded fresh-food offerings will appeal to time-pressed city-dwellers used to buying food and necessities in the same place.