Clarksburg General Store to ReopenBy Tammy Daniels
11:22PM / Thursday, September 12, 2013
The former Pat & Henry's will open in the next few months as the Clarksburg General Store.
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A local family is hoping to bring a convenience store back to the town of Clarksburg.
Mary and Glenn Beverly, and their son, Stephen, operating as Clarksburg General Store LLC, were approved for an all-alcohol license on Wednesday night by the Selectmen, acting as the local licensing authority. The license must also be approved by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
Glenn and Stephen Beverly purchased the property at 28 Cross Road for $31,000 at foreclosure last August.
The store had operated on and off for the last decade or so as a package and convenience store and deli after nearly a half century as Pat & Henry's Package Store. It's been closed for about two years.
Stephen Beverly, who will operate the store, is confident it will succeed this time.
"I think the big thing with the store is you have to be there all the time and it has to be the owner that runs it," he said. "So that is going to be me. ... We're not expecting it to be huge for a couple years."
There won't be alot of overhead and Beverly has five years working at Subway under his belt.
"It's a handy little store," said Selectwoman Lily Kuzia, who asked what else it would offer. Others in attendance also inquired about ice cream.
"We definitely want to bring it back to basic grocery items — eggs, milk, cheese, bread — things you might need," said Beverly. "I don't want to give the impression it will be just liquor and beer."
There will also be an ice cream cooler: "My parents are insisting on ice cream."
The store can't open until the ABCC confirms the license but Beverly expects that to happen soon. They want the store to be fully stocked when the doors open and he's open to suggestions on what residents want him to carry.
The small town used to have several convenience and general stores. The Briggsville Store near the Town Hall has been gone for years; another one on Houghton Street was converted to housing and Donna's Dairy Bar on Middle Road, which was an eat-in restaurant and convenience store at different times, was razed.
"I'd like to see it succeed," said Chairman Carl McKinney.
In other business:
• The town for the fourth time applied for a MassWorks Grant, formerly the Small Town Road Assistance Program, for $900,000 worth of road repair. Town meeting approved $10,000 in engineering costs for the application; the work would include culverts on Cross Road and sidewalks and improvements from the school to the emergency shelter at the Senior Center.
• The town will go ahead with rebuilding the headwalls at the problematic Gates Avenue bridge/culvert for about $100,000 with approval from the state, which had originally called for a far more expensive fix.
• The board appointed William Meranti as building inspector and Ross Vivori as chief assessor. Both also occupy the same positions in the city of North Adams.
• McCann Technical School students will repair the roof on the police garage. McKinney said the old roof will be demolished and taken to the trash container at the town garage. A price will be negotiated with the solid waste district to accept the container, allowing residents to also dispose of building material such as wood, asphalt shingle or Sheetrock. McKinney said plaster will not be accepted because asbestos concerns.