History

The New Gloucester Village Store Building has served as a marketplace to New Gloucester for over one-hundred years. Originally opened in the 1890s, the store ultimately came to exist as the New Gloucester Farmer’s Union for a better part of the 20th century. As a hardware, food, and penny candy resource, a well remebered attribute was the pot-bellied stove at the center of the market that served as a warm meeting place for regulars. Many of these traits continued into the 1970s when the building ran as Peaco’s Market.
In 1980 the building underwent renovation and was renamed the Village Store; a quaint little convenience market whose charm became known through Humpty Dumpty commercials filmed at the store. In the 1990s the Burke family enhanced the food counter and introduced pizza to the building for the first time, and for a while it was a good place to get a bite to eat as well as a market for household sundries. Unfortunately, after the post office was moved out of the Lower Village, the store closed its doors in 1998 and the building was sold at auction. 
With a new owner, the building underwent considerable renovations, received a new foundation, and was generally fixed from a state of disrepair. Then in 2008, two New Gloucester guys bought the building and installed a giant wood-fired brick oven while also opening up the entire first floor to commerce for the first time in decades. 
Now known as the New Gloucester Village Store, the building continues to serve as a true market resource as well as a warm rural meetingplace.

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