local 7eleven fights to stay open 247

Franchised-owned store is forced to close at midnight under new ordinance.

A Rutherford, N.J.-based 7-Eleven store is fighting in court for permission to stay open 24-7.

Over a month ago, a borough ordinance banned c-stores from operating between the hours of midnight and 5am. However, Nasser Nasser, owner of NOH Inc., which operates the 7-Eleven, has now asked the state court to declare the ordinance adopted on May 22 unconstitutional.

Nasser is also asking for a preliminary injunction to protect him from the ordinance while the litigation is pending. Nasser was ticketed for operating the store for 24 hours after the ordinance went into effect on May 31. He has since been closing at midnight, according to the report.

“I am very confident that we will prevail, and we will be open 24 hours soon,” Nasser told the North Jersey Media Group. “I don’t think the ordinance has a leg to stand on.”

The convenience store ordinance was largely a response to concerns voiced by some residents about the potential effects that the 24-hour store would have on the quality of life in the borough.

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