American Airlines Center to Get a 7-Eleven. American Airlines to Charge $8 For a Blanket.

Since the Sports Business Journal story is subscriber-only, we'll go with Convenience Stores News's recap: Center Operating Company, which runs the American Airlines Center, is finalizing negotiations with nearby neighbor 7-Eleven to open a convenience store in the arena -- a first for the Dallas-based company. It's a 10-year deal with options that'll have a 1,400-square foot store taking the place of a private entrance for big-ticket holders and will stock "Slurpees, snacks and other items not offered at the arena's 36 concession stands." Alas, "Beer will be available for takeout sales only." Hope this works out better than the Chili's deal.

And, speaking of American Airlines ... did you see that beginning May 1, the airline will charge eight bucks for a pillow and blanket in coach during domestic trips? AA spokesperson Andrea Huguely tells the Associated Press the new price tag's because of the economy, stupid: "American evaluates all aspects of the business to ensure that economic decisions are prudent and strategic for the long-term success of the company."

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