Actor Steve Carell Jumps into Retail

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Actor Steve Carell Jumps into Retail

MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- Hopefully actor Steve Carell, who plays the mismanaging boss on NBC's "The Office," will not take any tips from his character for his new gig as owner of a local general store here.

The Marshfield Hills General Store was owned by Sherry Bechtold since 2002, but she and her husband, Bob, sold the 155-year-old building and business to Carell, a part-time Marshfield resident, only after being convinced he wanted it "for the right reasons," she told the Patriot-Ledger.

"They are such good people," Bechtold said of the family. "We had other offers but we were concerned about the neighborhood and that it remain a country store."

Carell’s sister in-law, Tish Vivado, took over as store manager on Jan. 1. Bechtold said Vivado approached her and said Carell was interested in buying the building and business, according to the report.

"He’s a lovely guy, very down to earth," Bechtold added. "He thinks this is a real bit of Americana."

The store is a local landmark, built by Elijah Hall in 1853. In its time, the stores has been a rum and dry goods vendor, a tea and sandwich shop, a restaurant and a supplier of uniforms to the Union Army during the Civil War.