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Back Bay to get first of Chicago-based convenience stores with takeout food a step up from that one hot dog endlessly turning on those metal rods

The Boston Business Journal reports that Foxtrot, a Chicago-based chain of convenience stores that features "curated goods," many locally sourced and including charcuterie, is opening its first Boston store this summer on Boylston Street between Berkeley and Clarendon.

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Now THAT was a good yuppie convenience store.


Bildner’s deal with family owned local stores was “sell us your business in return for stock in our amazing company that has nowhere to go but up.”

And when all was said and done the families who had built up generations of sweat equity in their businesses ended up with some nice stock certificates, suitable for framing.

So very emblematic of the post-Reagan era. Our whole economy has been set up like that over the past 40 years.

Bildner's empire flourished before Reagan left office.

That would be 33 years ago, dear.

Reagan took office 41 years ago ... and those eight years were the heyday of J Bildner.

Nice goalpost move ya did there.

The Reagan Revolution destroyed the American Dream by suppressing wages and weakening labor to hold inflation down, by removing regulations that stabilized and policed markets, and reducing taxes on the wealthy so that something warm and yellow could "trickle down".

In simple terms for a Ronniphile: he promoted an empty promise in exchange for our national life savings.

It can't possibly compare to konbini.

This made me think of the best convenience stores in the world: 7-Eleven in Japan. There's one (or two or three) on every block, and they’re full of good food and lots of other stuff you really need, not just endless aisles of chips and soda. They’re so good they own all of our 7-Elevens. I just wish they’d make ours that good.

muh chips...

Those Japanese stores are really nice (but then so are most sorts of stores there).

I can't understand why 7-11 in the US can't do this.

When I was in the UK and Sweden, I was amazed how nice 7-11's were. Sweden was the best.. fresh baked goods every day, and fresh coffee. Fresh selection of healthy food like sandwiches, yogurt, stuff that's good on the go.

Sure they had a small section of candy and the usual 7-11 fare, the fresh products and just overall appearance of the store seemed better.

(and yes Japan takes 7-11 to a new level (like they do with many things) so i'm sure I'd be below away if i was at ones in Europe)

There was one associated with the gas station under my hotel at the edge of Hyde Park. Auntie and I would grab breakfast as part of our hotel deal, then hit the little grocery for food for lunch on the go.

The place wasn't just a snack trough for motorists and tourists - it had a limited selection of actual groceries for people living in the area, fresh fruit and veg, sandwiches, etc.

They also had packaged cocktails, beer, wine, spirits.

I was surprised how easy it was to get healthy grab and go foods and how many grocery stores of varying sizes there were tucked into neighborhoods in central London. Some were even set up as full size/service grocery stores with a side area with more of the "convenience" items and a separate checkout.

In France, there were boozy popsicles in most convenience stores.

I just want Wawa. Is that so much to ask?

Who will penetrate the Boston market first?

I've only seen Wawa's in Pennsylvania, but we saw signs for Sheetz all the way down as we drove to Nashville last Fall.

Foxtrots are good. There was one two blocks from our apartment there and I miss it. Of course they didn’t have such draconian liquor laws…

Is that like a Tim Horton's Ice Cap?