CARMEL – The local store can be the heart of a small town and when it closes it leaves an empty void. One community is looking forward to their little store reopening.
For 79 years the Village Market stood in the center of the Town of Carmel. About 5 years ago it closed.
The building is now under new management and he’s looking to bring back the past.
Owner Jamey Brown said “We’re trying to have modern meet old fashioned… We want the old country store look… We want to keep the old creaky floors that people remember as a kid.”
It’s not an easy task. The deal closed about 4 weeks ago and the new owner has been working day and night to have the place open by Memorial Day.
The building not only had flooding in the basement but it needed renovation.
Brown added “These floors are 79 years old and they were black from years of different oils that were put on them. We wanted to revive them, so we rented stripping machine and stripped it for 3 days straight.”
Community members are excited about the old landmark coming back.
“The community response has been huge. We put it on Facebook and got over 500 hits within the first week. People are extremely excited for the meat market and the store again.” said Brown.
He’s looking to give the next generation the same memories that their parents had about the Village Market.
“This is going to be on of those things where it’s blood sweat and tears. My wife and I are working diligently to make it look really nice and to give the public what they want with the old country store back and we’re 100 percent in and we will make it happen.” stated Brown.