In the Odds and Ends section under "THE MORE THINGS CHANGE...:" there is a picture of a laundrymat and didn't see any mention of its previous incarnation. Lots of examples of that building still exist and they all belonged at one point to the conveniance store chain open pantry. I have a few photos of buildings similar to that one and was curious last year so that is how I was able to find out about it. Open Pantry was bought out either in the 60s or 70s by 7-11 however very few of buildings that still remain are 7-11s.
Yea, I had started to notice these buildings about a couple of years ago and wondered what they had been previously. I knew it had to be a chain, just did not know which one. I started taking a few photos of some and I took a photo of the one on Belmont and Oakley last year (Is that gone already???) and a few others for the intention of putting it on my blog. Will do so in the near future. I have to look at what I do have and go around and get some more. I found out through newspaper archives that they had been Open Pantry and had printed out an ad with a list of locations so that will help.
Used to walk to the OP at Central and Grace [3800n] to get milk. Turned 7-11 in 1971, and then moved. Now is doc office, but can still see a few of them around area, and some still re-use the oval signs,
Tons of old White Hens are now re-branded' to 7-11 or a 'Joe's Pantry'.
Some White Hen's are staying, since they are close to a previous 7-11, so they can 'corner the market'. [7-11 owns them now, btw]
I see Circle K's, which are all over the Southwest, are popping up in Shell stations. Maybe more to come?
Someone once told me the first Open Pantry was the one on 95th St. Just east of the Beverly Theater on the opposite side of the street. I never did confirm. I remember when they opened wondering what the hell anyone would need from the store at 11:00 pm?????
I also once worked at the Open Pantry at Armitage and Monticello...Sevinof9 is my sister. An interesting fact she didn't mention is that one of the store managers probably saved our youngest brother's life. Our brother was injured and bleeding as a result of a gang attack/robbery. As he was staggering down the street trying to get home,the store manager, who was driving to work, saw him and took him to the hospital. That area was (and still is) one tough neighborhood.