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Tedeschi retrenches in Jamaica Plain

Closed Tedeschi store in Jamaica Plain

Tedeschi has shuttered its store by the Monument at Centre and South streets, forcing people who want convenience to go to walk a couple blocks up Centre to the other Tedeschi, where the Store 24 used to be.

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Tedeschi was sold to 7-Eleven last year, so it could be connected to that (or nearby 7-Eleven locations).

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You can be sure 7-Eleven won't cannibalize its territories. In a career long ago and far away (Manhattan), I edited Convenience Store Merchandiser. I know more than any human need about the C-store industry as we said. I'll spare you.

However, from the founding by Southland through its present incarnation of largely Japanese ownership, the chain was very careful with store placement. You can be sure that what my family used to call Chicken on the Toilet, a.k.a. White Hen Pantry, before Tedeschi's takeover at Monument Square, was only a tooth on the cogwheel. As 7-Eleven, it'll be even tighter.

Plus, the Monument Square store was always lame, understocked, lacking in decent coffee and indifferent to customers. That corner could use a decent green grocer.

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I don't remember it being a white hen.

I do remember it being lil peach

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I have noticed a trend in recent years of convenience stores stocking far, far less merchandise than they once did. Most of them seem to subsist now solely on the sale of lottery tickets and bottles of soft drinks and water.

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You forgot cigarettes. That's something like half their sales revenue.

Mild vices are the convenience.

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I see it very much with 7/11. Over the years the varying grab and go foods have been replaced by mediocre 7/11 brand equivalents. Where's has my cheesey, beef & bean burrito bomb gone, I ask you?

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If only the 7-elevens here were as good as the ones in Japan.

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My best friend in my creative writing program did a two year gig for a funeral industry magazine. Sheer stupid luck got me a paying gig for a wine magazine for a while. We takes what feeds us. Or keeps us tipsy.

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"creative writing program"

What makes someone study creative writing? I mean, it's not like chemistry. You can't do chemistry without going to college and getting a degree in chemistry, but I can't think of a single one of my favorite writers who actually studied writing. Faulkner dropped out of Ole Miss after three semesters of Ds in English. Stephenson studied geography. Shute was an aeronautical engineer. Yes, many writers studied English, but why creative writing? It always makes me think of the scene in Good Will Hunting where the Harvard guy is derided for spending a fortune on getting the same education he could have gotten for $3.50 in late fees at the public library.

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The number and variety of trade mags are stunning. When I worked for Conover-Mast in NYC, Cahners here bought the chain and divvied up the books (as magazine editors [whom the rest of the world would call writers] called them) most stayed in Manhattan rather than move to Chicago or Boston. Many of us would run into each other or have mini-reunions in bars. We'd swap business cards with our new magazines and titles. One poor fellow who'd been with Purchasing hesitated to hand out his card or even discuss it. He got a high, well-paid position with Solid Waste Management.

Mike

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You may know the answer to a question I have-- I spent most of my childhood in the south, and people often mentioned that Ladybird Johnson's family was tied to the ownership of Southland, somehow. I've never seen anything to verify it. Do you know, pulling from your raucous years of convenience store journalism?

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Nah, Lady Bird had no biz connection with Tot'em or its offspring Southland. Her father was a good businessman who owned some general stores, but predated convenience stores. She inherited money from him and used much of it to help elect her husband to office as well as buy radio and TV stations.

I've heard the urban legend she owned or founded Southland, but there's nothing to that.

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7-11 is pretty much a shadow government dominating large swathes of the Pacific Rim and small towns across America with no one the wiser.

NO LIE

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Do they sell tinfoil?

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Aluminium only. If they sold legit tin foil it would stop their mind control waves from their microwaves from subliminally suggesting people buy their quick convenient hot locally brewed fresh artisanal coffee & select pastries..... DAMN THEY GOT TO ME!

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If they were still HQ'ed in TX, that would be said teen fall.

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They're also closing the one on Boylston Street across from the Lenox Hotel.

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but that is just for remodeling. It is opening up again early 2017

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This is puzzling. Maybe it's longer ago than I thought, but didn't they just close in 2014 for remodeling? (Everything moved and it still takes me forever to find anything ...)

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The Tedeschi's across from the Lenox in Copley Square was the very original Store 24. There was only one. Before that there were mom and pop corner grocery stores but they didn't stay open all night. Somebody in the early 70s got the bright idea to sell groceries in a head shop and keep it open all night for freaks with munchies. Thus the modern convenience store was born.

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Canto 6, at the corner of Green and Washington, is reportedly closing at the end of August. They bake the best croissants this side of Paris!

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That would be Centre and Elliot streets. Maybe the stink of murder is still affecting sales at this location.

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I'm doubtful anybody is worried enough about being robbed/murdered by a 70 year old criminal enough to change their convenience store shopping habits.

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When I used to take the 38 bus home, I would go in for a nearly daily Yoo-Hoo (until they stopped carrying it and I swore I would never go back.)

Farewell old, unpleasant, over-priced friend.

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