Nelson: Valleymont / Wintergreen Grocers Saved Just Before January 31st Closure

Blue Ridge Life Magazine™2013 – Photos By Tommy Stafford : Karen Ancarrow originally of Highland County, VA counts change to a customer this past Sunday afternoon, January 6, 2013 at Wintergreen Grocers in Nellysford. On January 16th Karen’s purchase and transfer of the store from Paul Koschara will take place. Karen will restore the name back to The Valleymont Grocery.

Nelson County, VA

With just a few weeks remaining before Wintergreen Grocers in Nellysford would close, it now appears a last minute sale agreement between current owner Paul Koschara and Karen Ancarrow of Highland County, VA will keep the doors open. “About a month ago, Paul started talking about it and I listened. Then my husband thought about it but neither one of us wanted to talk to each other about it because we didn’t want to be married to a business. Finally he said it and I said no. Then I thought about it and said well, maybe. The I came in and said I will talk to Paul. I didn’t really expect it to pan out. But it did. Paul’s been really easy to work with.”

Karen’s husband has a family farm here in Nelson where they have been staying when back and forth between Nelson and Highland.

Karen tells us one of the most immediate concerns is getting gasoline for sale back at the store. They are working on that now and should have it back soon. She’s in the process of finalizing a lease with the property’s owner, F.P, Phillips. “I’ve been in here a couple of weeks. I’ve been working and dealing with Paul. We have something worked out for the night of the 15th. We close early the night of the 15th so we can do inventory. Next morning, lord willing, we’ll open on the 16th.”

Karen Ancarrow, behind the counter at Wintergreen Grocers. Once the sale if final on the 16th. The long time grocery will reopen as The Valleymont Grocery.

Karen also tells us she will be opening a breakfast and lunch shop in the old Ambrosia Bakery & Deli. The breakfast will consist of regular breakfast food. “We’ll use as many local ingredients as we can along the way,” Karen continues. But she also tells us it will be things like real biscuits and gravy, not something from a box!

Stop by and help welcome Karen to the store!


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