Convenience Store Complex Expected to Open in the Spring

The 26th Henny Penny convenience store in the state is under construction in Somers.

By Laura Hayden

Construction of a Henny Penny convenience store and gas station in the center of Somers is well underway. The Somers Zoning Commission unanimously approved a proposal to bring the chain to town four years ago. Through last fall, the long-vacant former Bank of America building at 595 Main Street, was leveled. To date, the shell of a 4,000 square foot store has been built on the back portion of the lot. Four covered gas pumps will be part of the complex.

According to town engineer Jeff Bord, “things are going along pretty well,” with the expectation of completion “sometime in the spring.” The Somers Henny Penny, located on the northeast corner of Routes 190 and 83, will be the 26th Henny Penny in the state. It’s also the second in the north central Connecticut, joining the Henny Penny on 75 Talcottville Rd in Vernon.

Henny Penny convenience stores are operated by Petroleum Marketing Group, Inc., a family-owned company that acquired the stores from Hendels, Inc. in 2018. The sites have served Connecticut residents since 1949. As part of its fuel distribution business, Hendels, developed a network of gasoline stations over the years. In 1982, Hendels converted a repair garage at one of its gas stations to a convenience store and the Henny Penny chain of convenience stores was born.

The Somers Henny Penny will be a one-stop destination for food and gas at the intersection of Route 140 and Route 83.

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