SUMNER —  In 1981, James Henry built a store at the corner of Route 119 and Greenwood Road.

The original store was called Mom’s  No. 1  Stop. He operated it for about two years before a divorce. His former wife operated it for two more years and then sold it.

Around 1993, Gary and Madeline Paradis bought the store and tore it down.

Paradis then built the present store on the same site, which has operated under many owners over the years.

After being closed for a couple of years, Henry bought the store at auction on June 24 and plans to open it on Saturday. He said he never dreamed back in the ’80s that he would go back to being a store owner in 2010.

“It was the furthest thing from my mind,” Henry said.

Henry and his present wife, Karen, are joint owners and family members have been assisting in the renovations required. The store is named with initials GGB&D, which Karen says stands for gas, groceries, beer and diesel, but James says people can make up their own names.

Henry says that he will have to wait until business picks up to add gasoline.

There are five new dining booths in the store and a variety of hot sandwiches and pizza will be on the menu.

The store will open at 6 a.m. for breakfast.

The cook is Sherry White. The hours are Monday through Saturday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Sunday, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.


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