LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- After a year of planning, the state’s first Black-owned 7-Eleven is open for business in Las Vegas.

New owner Johnathan Lacy said he had no idea what he was about to accomplish until an executive from 7-Eleven told 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,'” said Lacy.

Lacy said he hopes his accomplishment will inspire other entrepreneurs to pursue their own 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. 

Securing the money to open the 7-Eleven he bought on Pecos Road and Tropicana Avenue was not easy.

He said several lenders turned him down for a loan.

“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,” said Lacy.

7-Eleven Slurpee

An illustration of Two, 7-Eleven Slurpees on October 27, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Instead, he worked and saved up enough money to buy his very 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,” said Lacy.

Lacy said he is accepting applications for employment and plans to open three or four more 7-Elevens in Las Vegas.

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qwerty123

While the accomplishment of opening your own business should not be diminished this article does obfuscate the history of black-owned businesses in Las Vegas. This is by no way the first community store or convenience store owned by black Las Vegans. The historic west side has many black-owned businesses that operated over the past half century, unfortunately we did lose many of them during the 2008 recession and this pandemic has also hurt many family businesses.

jeezlouise

Nothing like a racist headline to start the day- I would NEVER go to a "Black Owned" business because its a racist media CON to hurt other "White Owned" business. What about "Asian Owned" ? or "Indian Owned"? RJ is a racist rag.

Mediumjeep

Oops Whoolon man ,just a little short on paying you terrible situations are expected! Gambling & drugs usually involved!

Paris

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