BUCKFIELD — A new face can be seen working at Tilton’s Market in the center of downtown Buckfield. Steven Tilton, the grandson of founder Gilbert Tilton, took over the reins of the store on Oct. 1.

The business was opened in the 1940s by Gilbert Tilton. In 1980 the store was taken over by his son, Virgil, and daughter, Rossie. Together, they have managed the store since.

Steven was raised in Buckfield but moved away for several years. He returned to Buckfield two years ago with his wife and two children who attend the elementary school.

Steven says he does not plan to make any major changes. Tilton’s is known for its meat department and it offers freezer packages and monthly specials. Meat packages and party trays can be ordered by checking the Web site, www.tiltonsmarket.com. It also has fresh baked goods, and in the summer, takes some local produce.

“At least for a few months I don’t plan anything different,” Steven Tilton said Wednesday. “We may add more variety to the daily lunch specials, but no changes yet.” 

Steven said he would probably be in the store most of the time, and he planned to keep the current employees. His younger brother, Everett, who is a familiar face in the store, said people are happy the store is staying in the family.

Steven Tilton checks his stock on the shelves at Tilton’s Market in Buckfield where he has become the third generation to operate the store since it opened in 1940.

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