Despite on and off speculation of alternate plans, the White Hen Pantry on the corner of Hanover and North Bennet Streets has closed and appears destined to become a 7-Eleven store. Over the past few years, most White Hen Pantry locations have been converted to the 7-Eleven brand and format.
A building permit on the door of the shop at 342 Hanover Street says, “Interior remodel of existing 7-Eleven retail store.” This will result in two 7-Eleven chain stores closely located to each other on Hanover Street. An existing 7-Eleven owned by a separate franchisee is already operating at the corner of Commercial Street.
To date, there have been no neighborhood group announcements regarding an application to sell alcohol or extend hours beyond that of the previous White Hen store. Such changes would likely spur a neighborhood review process and require city licensing approval.