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Community Trust poised to buy Barnard General Store, group raises $470K

A nonprofit group in Barnard is planning to buy the building that housed the general store for 180 years at the edge of Silver Lake. The Barnard Community Trust has raised $470,000 as part of its effort to buy the building and reopen the store, which closed last spring.

The previous owners sited the fact that too many customers were buying groceries and other goods out of town, causing their revenues to drop to an unsustainable level.

Since the closing, community members have rallied to save the store, which they see as an important foundation of the town.
The largest single financial donation received was $100,000, but there were many many small contributions that made a big difference, the trust reported.

In addition to buying the building, the trust has also found people to operate the store- a young couple whose names they won't yet disclose. The couple is planning to move into living quarters above the store in February.
The Barnard General Store could reopen as soon as April, organizers say.