- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are touting the construction of what will be the state’s first 24-hour traveler services center.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and other state officials announced the plans Friday at the site of what will become a 9,000 square foot facility that honors Vermont’s rural culture and country stores.

The center will be built and operated at no cost to Vermont taxpayers as part of redevelopment of the existing Maplewood convenience store and deli located just off of Interstate 89’s Exit 7 in Berlin.

The facility, and a neighboring hotel, will also be powered entirely by a nearby array.

Maplewood co-owner Randy LaGue says the new facility will be able to serve more than 5,000 customers a day.

Construction is expected to be completed by next September.

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