|Historic Store at Five Corners Reopens in Williamstown|
|By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff |
12:50PM / Tuesday, August 16, 2022
|The store and cafe, built in 1770 and located in the town's Five Corners Historic District, had been closed since July 2020.|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Under new ownership and management, the Store at Five Corners reopened Tuesday morning for the first time in more than two years.
The store and cafe, built in 1770 and located in the town's Five Corners Historic District, had been closed since July 2020. The 252-year-old building, originally a tavern, went through several recent owners before being purchased by the nonprofit Store at Five Corners Stewardship Association in January of this year.
"It took us a few months to get it to where it is right now but I feel like our hard work paid off," said store operator Corey Wentworth. "I feel like it's really nice in here."
The association had done an email survey of residents in October that had an 85 percent return, with most giving the store a high rating for its importance to themselves and the community and that it remain independent. The nonprofit, first working through the South Williamstown Community Association, has been working to raise the more than $1 million needed to purchase the property and secure its future.
The stewardship association chose Wentworth as the store's new operator in April. He has several years of experience in restaurants, including the Salty Dog and Flour Bakery and Café in Boston, Duckfat and Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, Maine, and Tourists resort in North Adams.
There were some renovations, Wentworth said, to get the building ready for reopening day. Additionally, he noted that works from local artists are displayed on the walls across the store.
"So far, it seems like, what we have been working toward, is working," he said.
Wentworth said the store's reopening after years of inactivity should mean a great deal to many in the local community.
"I know that everybody has been really looking forward to the store opening," he said. "Everybody has been missing the spot where they can come, as they are doing right now, just to sit and talk. Have a cup of coffee or something to eat in the morning, and just visit with their neighbors, their friends and their family."