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BARNARD, Vermont — A nonprofit group's effort to buy and reopen a building that housed a general store for 180 years in Vermont has been a success.

The Barnard General Store closed in 2012. The Barnard Community Trust raised $500,000 to buy the building, which reopened last May.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1jcnS9Z) operators Joe Minerva and Jillian Bradley live in an apartment above the store.

Minerva says the couple has taken an approach that reflects a more traditional grocery store model, with contemporary tastes. The store features craft beers, seafood and custom cut meats.

The store also serves breakfast and lunch.

The man focus has been on expanding the grocery selection, which accounts for about 70 percent of the store's revenue.


Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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