Topic: 7-Eleven store CLOSES in Ao Nang!

Yes, you read that correctly. The latest shop in the franchise that has been mushrooming around Ao Nang has been forced to close following concerns over the damage to small local businesses.

Many were surprised when they saw the new 7-Eleven bang in the middle of the Noppharat Thara National Park headquarters, right next to the main car park. When neighbouring restaurants and shops complained at the corresponding plunge in their sales, the National Park took action and the shop is now closed for business.

The franchise was apparently contravening National Park regulations as it acquired the unit within the grounds through a sub-let. This row of shop units is in theory there to provide employment opportunities for poorer sections of the local community, and is not open to commercial enterprises.