Kingdom’s northeast monument closes, auctioned

BROWNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – A monument in the Northeastern Kingdom is closing its doors after more than 40 years of activity.

“We carry a little bit of everything – we’re always open, we don’t really close,” said Andrew Swett, owner of Evansville Trading Post in Brownington.

Swett has run this decades-old family business for as long as he can remember. “People always say, ‘Is it for sale? I said, ‘Of course it’s for sale, we buy and we sell! This is what I have been doing for 40 years. This is what we do, ”said Swett.

Swett says he passed the traditions of the Evansville trading post down to his own children.

“This is where we raised our children. We had three children here, we sent three children to college. They kept the register when they were old enough or old enough. Seven to 9 to 10, they were keeping the register, ”Swett said.

It has been dubbed “world famous” by Swett’s father, Ralph, who founded the company. Locals would agree that the store is the heart of the community.

“I was born and raised two miles away, and he’s been here forever,” said Raymond Smith, a longtime West Charleston customer.

“I mean, it was our playground. We were playing hide and seek and we got lost in this place. It doesn’t seem like it is now, but back then it was huge, ”said Kaleb Gibson, one of the store’s two employees.

But, in fact, it’s pretty huge. The building is over 10,000 square feet and the store sells everything from mattresses and books to gasoline and breakfast.

“We are a bit exhausted. We are very exhausted, ”said Kelly Swett, who got married in the operation.

The couple say it’s time to close the doors. Kelly notes that the pandemic has taken a toll on the business.

“The emotional factor of COVID is what has really worn us out. It’s tough, and the distribution was tough. We did our best, ”she said. “People are calling. It’s just hard to get stuff. The supply chain is horrible, ”said Andrew.

They say it was a tough decision, but they are confident the bond they made will stay with them.

“We have people who come every day. If we don’t see them, we worry. “Why is this person not here, is he sick?” It won’t go away. We’re still going to worry. They are part of the family, ”Kelly said.

As for the future of the Evansville trading post, its future may be in the hands of an auction to be held at the end of the month.

“I hope this will remain a business for the community, I hope. We have no qualms about it. It would be good. There has yet to be a store in town, ”said Andrew.

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