The Phoenix City Council approved a highly contested Circle K expansion 7 to 1 on Wednesday.
A Phoenix neighborhood has fought to keep Circle K from expanding near 7th Street and Roosevelt.
The current Circle K on the northeast corner wants to move across the street to a vacant lot where they'll expand into a bigger store.
Neighbors are leery of the idea because they are afraid it will attract more crime to the area.
An ASU report from October 2012 claims that while Circle K owns 25 percent of the convenience store market, it's responsible for 75 percent of combined crime statistics.
Circle K filed papers with the city saying the newer stores have more lighting, more security and that they'll actually cut down on crime.
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