7 Star replaces Mama Jiah’s
Mama Jiah’s has been a staple to Pacific students for years, harboring a reliable location to buy everything from quick meals to late-night snacks, all of which have translated to more than a double grocery bag full of sentimental feelings towards the little store. Not surprisingly, when word circulated that Mama Jiah’s had been sold to a new owner, suspicion and sadness went hand-in-hand.
Located directly across the street from Gilbert Hall, my sophomore year dorm, I am one of those students who was shocked when I heard Mama Jiah’s is under new management and, gasp, a new name: 7 Star Convenience.
But perhaps not all change is bad—and this change promises to be very good.
Recently, I met with the new owner, Sunny Singh, to discuss the changes he’s making to the location. Singh bought the store last spring, and already the renovations he’s made have created a brand new store; unrecognizable from the tried-and-true, but again, not all change is bad. The interior is expanded and modern, vastly different from the cramped but plentiful interior of the original store.
“We’re renovating for the students,” he said.
Singh is not a stranger to owning convenience stores; this is his tenth location in the chain. But what is different about this one is its proximity to a college campus, and Singh wants to make his demographic of college student customers his top priority.
If you live on campus and ever get tired of UC food or driving to get groceries, you’ll be happy to hear 7 Star offers a variety of options at a student discount! There, you’ll find every snack food and drink you could think of (with an extensive array of alcoholic beverages for any legal students) as well as hot cooked meals. With students in mind, Singh is introducing hot breakfasts and coffee to 7 Star and opening earlier so students can grab a bite before morning class. If breakfast isn’t your thing, stop by later for slushies and Krispy Krunchy Chicken (coming October 25).
Singh wants to make 7 Star as accessible to students as possible, so he’s expanded the store’s hours to 6 am-midnight, seven days a week! He also plans to implement online delivery services to deliver food to the dorms. Singh even says that if you notice they are not carrying a product you want, ask them, and they’ll try to get it in stock.
Unfortunately, the store’s wall that housed the famous Pacific mural had to be rebuilt, but Singh said that he would love a new one to be painted; hint, hint, if any art students are interested. — Sophia Lewis