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Nevada's First Black-Owned 7-Eleven Is In Las Vegas
“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.
I sacrificed it all. Put all the bread in one basket. No investors. No outside money. Now I am the first black owner of a 711 franchise in the state on NEVADA! Blessings! pic.twitter.com/KApeJzFor9— 3421 east tropicana ave las vegas nv 89120 (@DJJohnjohn) May 2, 2021
Opening the store, located on 3421 East Tropicana Avenue, was anything but easy for Lacy. He was turned down by several lenders who didn’t view him as the “ideal candidate” 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,” he added.
But he didn’t let the word “no” stop him from his dream of being an entrepreneur. He worked hard, said yes to jobs no matter how big or small, and saved every dollar to open his business.
He hopes his hard work will inspire others to believe in 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,” said Lacy. “
This shit will bring you to tears. Anyone that wants to know how to do it or needs guidance lmk I’m open to take however long to teach cause no one taught me— 3421 east tropicana ave las vegas nv 89120 (@DJJohnjohn) May 2, 2021
Lacy plans to add three or four more Black-owned 7-eleven locations across Las Vegas. He also has plans to help other people open up their own businesses.
“This s**t will bring you to tears,” he said on Twitter. “Anyone that wants to know how to do it or needs guidance, [let me know]. I’m open to taking however long to teach cause no one taught me.”