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An early-morning electrical fire on Aug. 30 ended a long, quiet streak at the Argyle Convenient Store in Mount Pleasant, though few people other than longtime owner Behrouz “Rocky” Rakani would have known it. For the first day since its grand opening on Jan. 13, 1985, Rakani and his clerks failed to open the efficiency-size smokes-and-groceries store, closing out 7,534 consecutive days of business. “It was very sad,” he says. Rakani had weathered snowstorms and the Mount Pleasant riots to unlock the store at 6 a.m. each morning, often sleeping on the floor when weather or exhaustion demanded it. The morning of the fire, several regulars dropped by, teary-eyed, to thank him for his service. Someone left him $60 in an envelope, along with a note telling him to go out to dinner with his wife. “I’m not a young man anymore,” said Rakani, 63, “but that made me feel like I should get back here to work.” He hopes to reopen by January. —Dave Jamieson