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    7-Eleven Buys 16 Mother Hubbard's Stores

    Dallas-based convenience store chain expected to keep store employees.

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- MHC Convenience, operator of 16 Mother Hubbard's Cupboard convenience stores, agreed to sell its stores to Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., according to a report by Quad Cities Online, citing Greg Evans, vice president of operations for MHC Convenience.

    The sale of stores, which are located across the Quad Cities region, was expected to be complete next week, according to a representative from 7-Eleven who declined to provide more information as of press time.

    MHC, owned by Jesus Delgado-Jenkins and Nick Williams, owns the 14 Mother Hubbard's in Illinois and two in Bettendorf. Four other Mother Hubbard's c-stores are not included in the sale to 7-Eleven and are located in Iowa. Evans said MHC was approached by several companies over the years, but it wasn't until 7-Eleven came calling that MHC decided to sell. A call to Delgado-Jenkins by CSNews Online for more information was unreturned by press time.

    Earlier this week, a Mother Hubbard's Cupboard convenience store in Rock Island officially changed over to 7–Eleven. "They told us to answer the phones still as Mother Hubbard," employee Anthony Reese told area television station WHBF. "But I guess slowly but surely it will switch as all the stores change over."

    Reese doesn't expect too many changes outside of the addition of 7-Eleven's trademark Slurpee frozen dispensed beverage. "Besides that, just try to enhance the store more than what it's been."

    Evans also said 7-Eleven agreed to retain employees in all the stores, but employment of the 11 people working in the home office had yet to be determined, the Quad Cities Online report stated.

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