Shuttered Berkshire General Store Bought by Property Managers
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire General Store closed its doors for good at the end of 2022 but there may be hope for a similar venture in its space.
On Wednesday, the Board of Health voted to transfer a tobacco permit from the store to Cavalier Management, which has purchased the business.
Tony Marcella and Richard Altman of the property management company attended the meeting along with Lindsey Tuller, former co-owner of Berkshire General Store.
The new owners aim to make "some improvements" if possible and reported that they are trying to keep it as a general store. Planning is still in progress and has to be solidified within 60 days per state requirements.
"We have a lot of experience," Altman said. "We just have to see if we can make it work."
The transfer is contingent upon two outstanding application requirements that have not been fulfilled: updated licensure from the Department of Revenue and tobacco training.
"I like your store a lot," board member Steve Smith said. "I didn't know that it was up for sale or that it was being bought or anything."
Tuller has declined comment on the business's closure, disclosing that she would like to move on.
On Dec. 26, the store's Facebook profile picture was changed to a photo of the Looney Tunes closing sequence of "That's all folks!" signaling its end.
The store had been open for more than 10 years, offering an assortment of gifts, snacks, drinks, ice cream, and Boar's Head sandwiches. Being located in the Central Block on North Street, it was a popular spot for tourists and people who work downtown.
On the storefront's windows are Cavalier Management branded "for rent" banners that advertise the space as a 1,700-square-foot prime location.
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