- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

MARLBORO, Vt. (AP) - A bid by a volunteer group to buy a former general store in Marlboro, Vermont, has fallen through.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/1bI41RH) the Marlboro Community Store Working Group had a purchase and sale agreement with the owner of the former “Sweetie’s Market and Deli” on Route 9. The group worked for about 18 months to raise money.

A few weeks ago, the owner set a June 13 deadline for the group to come up with the money. The group met last week to concede that their plan to open a community run co-op would probably not happen at the store.

Group member Dan MacArthur says they still want to start a co-op, and they’ll keep looking for a place. MacArthur said uncertainty over the store’s ownership delayed fundraising efforts.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/

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