History has been made in Nevada, after a year of planning a Black-owned 7-Eleven has opened in Las Vegas. The store is the first Black-owned 7-Eleven in the state. Owner Johnathan Lacy says he didn’t have a clue he was going to be the first Black owner of a 7-Eleven in Nevada until an executive informed him.
“I started asking around to executives and they were like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think we have anyone else of color in that situation,’” Lacy told FOX 5 Las Vegas. Lacy hopes his accomplishment will inspire fellow entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.
“I hope it leads to more businesses being opened by African-Americans as well as women, minorities and everybody. Hopefully we can all have a hand in establishing ourselves,” he said. Getting the money to open the store located on Pecos Road and Tropicana Avenue wasn’t easy. Lacy says he was turned down for loans at several lenders.
“A lot of people won’t take that chance on you. Especially being 30 years old and not having a million dollar mansion in my name,” Lacy said.
Instead, of waiting for a loan Lacy worked and saved up enough money to buy his first business.
“What I did was just save every dollar I got and I put everything I had towards it. My family came together. Gave me jobs here, gave me jobs there, just to keep me going,” Lacy said.
Lacy says he’s accepting applications for employment and plans to open three or four more 7-Elevens in Las Vegas according to the news station.
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