Leicester store to re-open soon

<p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">LEICESTER &mdash; Leicester residents will be happy to hear that the only store in town will soon re-open.</span></p><p> Brothers Peter and Paul Handy of Chittenden County have bought the Leicester General Store, which has been closed since April.</p><p> The store and gas station, located near Leicester Four Corners, occupied a unique niche, being the only retail establishment on Route 7 between Middlebury Beef Supply and the Jiffy Mart in Brandon.</p><p> The Handy brothers, who are working with Rutland businessmen Tom and John Maniery, plan to re-open soon under the name &ldquo;Burlington Beverage Corp.&rdquo; They have entered into a lease-to-own agreement for now with owner Dale Counter, and will be selling gasoline and will re-establish the convenience store.</p><p> &ldquo;We want to make it a one-stop destination,&rdquo; Peter Handy said in a phone interview last week. &ldquo;We heard it was a great spot and we want to make it clean, simple and affordable.&rdquo;</p><p> If all goes as planned, Handy said they hope to open in early to mid-October.</p><p> The Handy name is well known to Vermonters as a large, extended family of business owners across the state. Together, the brothers run PCH Corp., founded by their father, Peter Handy, in 1970. According to Dun &amp; Bradstreet&rsquo;s corporate profile, PCH Corp. is an independent business located in Shelburne that specializes in retail and convenience stores, with 31 employees and estimated annual revenues of $3,300,000.</p><p> The brothers also own the Vermont Tap House restaurants in Burlington and Rutland, and the IHOP restaurant in South Burlington. Peter Handy also owns the Sunset Drive-in Theater and the Starlight Inn in Colchester.</p><p> Shannon and Les Emmons operated the Leicester General Store from 2007-2009, and then their daughter Tonya and her husband Derrick Counter took over operations. They shut down the store in April with hopes of re-opening as a snack bar and flea market over the summer, but that planned was never realized.</p><p> Peter Handy said he is looking for the right operators to come in and run the day-to-day operation of the store, and has had interest from several local residents.</p>

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