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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2016, 12:20:53 pm »
I was born in Southern California (San Fernando Valley) and we didn't have anything "old" there.  Moved to New York when I was 11 (1971) and for the next 7 or 8 years, there were two competing stores - right next to each other.  One store was Berger's (IIRC) but don't remember the other.  Would go at lunch time or after school to pick up candy - 2 for a penny all the way up to 2 cents!  Both were "department" stores but I don't remember any hardware.  We had a hardware store on the other side of town that was eventually taken over by Ace.

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My wife has run a small store in the Adirondacks since 1989. You can get your milk, eggs and some groceries in addition to chainsaw stuff, gas, diesel and many other items.

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On the corner of Hwy 29 and 30 ?

Neat store, and wonder what the red tanks are for.. ??

   Good question. I'm interested in what the answer will be. I'm betting, since they are bright red, they are some sort of fire suppression system.
That was my first thought as well.
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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2016, 01:56:05 pm »
Jwilly I agree with you about local support. I don't buy gas anywhere but at my local station unless I am away and going to run out. We did without a station for about a year and a half so I was very happy when it reopened. The price is always a bit more but I don't have to go 5 miles each way out of my way when I need fuel. Bargain hunters and internet shoppers need to recognize that if that is the way they shop most of the time it may end up being the only way they can shop.
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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2016, 07:36:38 pm »
The store is in Olmstedville at the four corners, complete with a flashing red light. The red tanks are the fire suppression system required by NYS.

Right now are fuel prices are competitive with the nearest chains. It is amazing that people will drive 20 miles round trip to save .02 on a gallon of gas, saved .30 on a fill up and spent $2.00 to save it.

The other thing that people don't realize about a store like hers is the hours involved. We are open at 6:30  am and close at 8:00 pm and are closed only Christmas and Thanksgiving. That's a lot of hours and doesn't include the daily paperwork or shopping for store.

It is more than a job, it's a lifestyle.

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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2016, 08:19:25 pm »


Right now are fuel prices are competitive with the nearest chains. It is amazing that people will drive 20 miles round trip to save .02 on a gallon of gas, saved .30 on a fill up and spent $2.00 to save it.




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I frequently ask those that do that kind of thing; 'What's your time worth per hour'.

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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2016, 08:31:41 pm »
Or wait in line 20 minutes to save the same amount.
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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2016, 06:03:15 pm »
We still have a store like that around here. People cash there checks ,run tabs, and buy crickets. Good stuff in a small town.
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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2016, 06:45:04 pm »
We only take checks from certain people and tabs are pretty much gone. It's a great way to lose any profit.

Gas is a good example, had a local person who bought regularly and then asked to charge it for a week until his finances got straightened out. One week turned in two and pretty soon he owed over $300. Cut him off and he never came back, he was paying cash in another town.

A $300 hit like that, while it might not seem like much, means the profit from the next 2000 gallons sold will go to that debt. Have that happen a few times and no one gets to run a tab.

Many people think a store like the wife's a great money makers but the margins are low on most items. Her store burned in 1999 but she chose to rebuild as a service to the community and it has been appreciated by many. It is a small town of about 700 people but there are quite a few who have never set foot in the store and some who only come to try a cash a check that needs to held until payday.

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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2016, 08:15:05 am »
our last one was sold to the indians that have moved in around here. they will take over on or around march 15 is what current owner told me when i payed my gas bill :(  thats makes the 4th and last one in the area. 3 of which are within 4 miles of each other ::)
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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2016, 03:32:24 pm »
WVSawmiller,       Have you been to the Cool Springs store on Route 50, east of Grafton?
It's what you talking about, been around since 1929, they have everything from peanuts to wood stoves. Antique farm equipment, trout stream. I've been there several times on bike rides and camping trips.   



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Re: Country/Community Stores
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2016, 05:16:16 pm »
Keith,

   Not yet. Have not spent a lot of time in that part of the state. We live in the southern part. My daughter may have been through there while she was at WVU. If I find myself near there I will look it up as it sounds like the kind of stores I remember and love. Thanks for posting.
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