Marinelli celebrates fifth year of owning Colebrook Store

Colebrook Store owner Jodi Marinelli (standing) along with her customers.
Colebrook Store owner Jodi Marinelli (standing) along with her customers.
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COLEBROOK — Back in early December, Jodi Marinelli celebrated her fifth year of owning the Colebrook Store.
The store, located at 559 Colebrook Road, is the longest operating general store in the state, from 1812 to 2007.
It is also the only retail store to serve the small rural town of Colebrook, which has a population of 1,413 according to the 2017 U.S. Census.
The store shut down in 2007 and was closed for two years before the building was purchased by the Colebrook Preservation Society.
It re-opened in July 2013 under the management of Miriam Briggs, but it shut down again in March 2014 due to a dispute between her and the society.
It reopened again in December 2014 with Marinelli as its new owner.
“The Colebrook Preservation Society has been great and so helpful to me,” Marinelli said. “Anything I have needed they have taken care of. This is also such a cool building.”
Marinelli said that, five years ago, there were doubts at first by residents on whether or not the store would succeed.
“I was very nervous coming in because people were very skeptical,” Marinelli said. “They said that nobody ever makes it. I had a lot of negativity coming in and I pushed through all of it. I think I’ve over succeeded with what I did. People have realized that I am here and it’s a good thing for the community to have.”
Marinelli grew up in West Hartland and her family-owned Marinelli’s Restaurant in Burlington for over 38 years.
She said that she has not changed much at all in her five years of owning the store, with the menu still offering deli favorites, along with toasted and grilled sandwiches.
“Why change something that has been working?” Marinelli said. “People have liked what I’ve offered at the store for the past five years.”
The store also offers breakfast selections including breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and big breakfasts during the weekend, including pancakes and home fries.
“The people of Colebrook have all been great,” she said. “Everybody has been very supportive and welcoming. I’m glad that the store is a big part of this community.”
Marinelli said.
She added that, in March, she will be looking for a deli manager along with other part-time help.
Winter hours for the store, Labor Day through Memorial Day, are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer hours, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information call 860-379-5031 or go to www.colebrookstore.net

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