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Country Market to get new owners

CORNWALL — After a relatively short time on the market, the Cornwall Country Market building will open its doors to new owners and old customers, according to a recent announcement by Idella and James Shepard, soon to be the former owners.

“We are very happy about the sale and look forward to moving on to our next chapter,” owner James Shepard commented on Monday, Sept. 19, reflecting on the sale. “Change is never without some pain.”

Shepard said that Cornwall has been his family home for over 30 years, but laments, “that family is gone now, so Idella and I need to focus on where our family is.”

“We are full of emotion as customers keep stopping in to say goodbye and thank you,” Shepard said, adding that it brings George Bailey to mind, a reference to the character in the 1946  “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie, as they realize how many lives their store has touched.

The store will close officially on Saturday, Oct. 1, with the new owners expected to acquire the keys to the property around Oct. 15.

All store inventory, fixtures and mementos will be sold during the last week in September, with Shepard promising “great deals on all items.”

“Even the store’s signage will be for sale,” Shepard said, supposing that collectors might be interested. Holders of gift cards should redeem those cards during the same period, before the end of the month, he said.

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