Maine's C.N. Brown Closes Only Vermont Store

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Maine's C.N. Brown Closes Only Vermont Store

10/28/2003
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -- South Paris, Maine-based C.N. Brown Co. reportedly has closed down its lone convenience store in Vermont.

The Big Apple convenience store and gas station sold CITGO gas, the Caledonian (Vt.) Record. Of the store's eight employees, four were full-time, working with benefits, a 401k plan and vacation time, according to manager George Moore, who said he heard that C.N. Brown closed some other stores throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

John Pinto, spokesman for C.N. Brown, said he was unable to comment on the closings

Citing a lack of profit, Moore, who has been at the store since its opening nine years ago, said he wasn't caught completely off guard by the store closing but, he said, "you don't know until the last word."

Manager trainee Jeannie Ayer said staff was offered no severance by C.N. Brown, instead offered possible employment at another Big Apple location, the report said.

Moore said the facility, a fully functioning gas station and convenience store, is now up for sale or lease. He said the store's neighbor, C.N. Brown Heating Oil, would remain open.