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Retail pro takes chance, follows her dream to Panton General Store

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Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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LINDA GOODSPEED, WHO has 30 years experience in retail, took over the Panton General Store earlier this month. Goodspeed hopes to grow the business with new products and services. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

PANTON — For most of her 30 years in retail, about half of them spent working her way up in the Jolley Associates chain of convenience stores, Bridport native Linda Goodspeed dreamed of running her own country store.

In the first weekend of June, that dream came true for Goodspeed, 51, who now lives in Vergennes with her husband, John.

That’s when Goodspeed threw open the front door of the Panton General Store, which former owner Andy Megroz had decided last fall to shut down at least for the winter.

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