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| Telegram & Gazette
SPENCER — The place some noticed a storefront, empty for a 12 months, Everett A. Blodgett Jr. and his daughter, Casey Osei-Bonsu, noticed a possibility on the nook of Principal and Maple streets.
The as soon as bustling Cumberland Farms closed and the constructing was bought to Adel Abdelmasih, who runs John’s Pizza subsequent door. He opened a comfort retailer known as Alpha Mart, which shut down in July 2019.
As he started on the lookout for a brand new tenant, Blodgett and Osei-Bonsu put their heads collectively and thought the city would possibly profit from a sort-of greenback retailer.
Initially they thought they may open a franchise from an present firm, however Blodgett had run three Subway franchises earlier than and determined an unbiased store could be greatest.
Abdelmasih interviewed a couple of people within the house and determined Blodgett’s household, with their plans for DP Greenback Plus, could be a superb match.
“All the things’s going to be lower than $3,” Blodgett mentioned. “Most issues shall be a greenback.”
The store will provide grocery objects together with milk, bread and different staples. The coolers are being crammed with soda and the racks hung with toys, snacks, well being care objects and reward concepts.
The espresso station will stay and Blodgett hopes so as to add a slushy machine, too.
There are racks of $1 greeting playing cards for each event.
Osei-Bonsu mentioned she and her dad got here up with the thought for the store collectively. They each graduated from David Prouty Excessive College and stored the black and orange coloration scheme to pay homage to the varsity.
Blodgett lives in East Brookfield now, however mentioned he desires the shop to change into a part of the Spencer neighborhood. He hopes he can inventory objects individuals need and want and save them from taking a bus to the town to buy at one other greenback retailer.
Many of us know Blodgett and his daughter, who each labored in public security for years, Now he is awaiting a kidney transplant, however his ever-hopeful angle has him envisioning being again at work 12 weeks after that surgical procedure, which he hopes will occur early subsequent 12 months.
He mentioned he is not nervous about lacking work as a result of the shop will make use of about 15 individuals in part-time positions and all of them are from the neighborhood. His daughter has been conscientious her complete life, he mentioned. When she was eight years previous, she competed in a sandwich-making contest at a Subway conference in Las Vegas. To win, she had to make use of the right quantities of components and make the sandwich to the corporate customary.
“And guess who gained,” Blodgett mentioned proudly.
Osei-Bonsu laughed on the reminiscence. She works with brain-injured adults and can commit time to the shop and her household, too.
She mentioned the inventory is coming in and the shop will open within the subsequent two weeks.
“Undoubtedly earlier than Thanksgiving,” she mentioned.
DP Greenback Plus shall be open 7 days every week, from eight a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday by way of Saturday and from 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Sundays. There’ll probably be prolonged hours earlier than the vacations.
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