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Vermont's oldest general store looking for new owner

The Putney Historical Society bought the store after fire in 2008

Updated: 7:30 PM EDT Apr 9, 2019

Matt Leighton   


The Putney General Store is looking for a new owner.

The store caught on fire in 2008 and the roof was burned.

The Putney Historical Society bought the store after fire and brought it back to life.

"In 2009, we had a beautifully restored shell and an arsonist burned it to the ground," co-manager Lyssa Papazian said.

The store was then rebuilt and reopened in 2011.

In 2016, the last proprietor died and their family couldn't continue the business.

The store closed, but Historical Society members Betsy MacIsaac and Papazian took a leap of faith.

"Betsy thankfully agreed to do this with me and she and I stepped in to open it again," Papazian said.

The Historical Society is looking to sell the business for $120,000.

That price includes all of the inventory and a lease, including the use of all the equipment and fixtures.

MacIssac said they’re hopeful the right person will come forward.

"Until they do or until we collapse, whichever one comes first, we'll stick with it as long as we can," MacIsaac said.

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