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7-Eleven acquires White Hen chain

Associated Press / December 17, 2009

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DALLAS - 7-Eleven Inc. said yesterday that it has acquired the convenience store operator New England Pantry for an undisclosed sum.

The goal is to broaden its presence in the Boston area.

The privately held company, known for its Slurpee frozen beverages, purchased the business from affiliates of the wealth management firm Sanders Morris Harris Group.

New England Pantry runs 58 convenience stores under the White Hen Pantry brand.

Those stores will convert to the 7-Eleven brand next year.

7-Eleven runs, franchises, or licenses more than 37,100 stores in 16 countries.