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CAPE COD, Mass. — Christy Mihos, the former owner of the Christy's convenience store chain, has passed away.
According to the Cape Cod Times, the Christy's chain once numbered 150 locations but closed when Mihos sold the last 11 stores on Cape Cod under his control to Hess Corp. in 2009. The chain was originally owned by his brother.
Mihos, 67, died in hospice care in Stuart, Fla. on March 25. He previously had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, and received a second cancer diagnosis four weeks ago, his sister, Marlene Bucuvalas, told the news outlet.
The grandson of Greek immigrants, Mihos served as the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and predicted in the early 2000s that Boston's famed transportation project known as the Big Dig would cost billions of dollars more than originally projected.
He was proved right and published a book, "Rotten to the Core: The Real Dirt on Boston's Big Dig," in 2001, according to the report.
In 2005, Mihos was named co-chairman of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the primary group opposing Cape Wind, an organization that proposed to build a wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
He also ran for governor of Massachusetts twice: in 2006 and 2010. He lost both races.