Officials say community involvement needed for store revival
SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town have concluded that they are going to need the community’s help in saving a 116-year-old country store.
The Shaftsbury Planning Committee submitted a report to the town’s Select Board outlining possible pathways to reopening the Shaftsbury Country Store. The Bennington Banner reports the assessment looks into the more than a century-old building as well as potential new homes for the business.
The store briefly reopened in May 2016, but several problems with the building caused it to close again in July. The store has remained vacant since then.
The report concludes that almost all of the other efforts they studied to save town country stores were spurred by community involvement.
Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com