SANDISFIELD -- A new gas station and trading post could be opening this summer to fill the need left after a dump truck smashed into the New Boston Store.
Sandisfield residents Kim and Chandru Paspuletti are finalizing details before they start construction of a new business, Joyce’s Trading Post, on 53 S. Main St.
The trading post will reflect the Berkshire spirit by selling locally produced products, along with antiques, groceries and other basic need goods. There will also be a diesel and gas station, according to primary investor Kim Paspuletti.
"Our mission statement is to stay as local as possible," she said.
The town has been without a gas station since 2012 when a dump truck crashed into the New Boston Store on 110 S. Main Street. The store hasn’t re-opened, creating a business opportunity for others including the Silverbrook Cafe, which expanded its business to include a convenience store to her eatery.
Kim Paspuletti, a clothing designer, and Chandru, who is employed in the apparel business, decided they’d also start a business to address the need.
The business will be named after Sandisfield resident Joyce Campetti, who served as the surrogate grandmother for the couple’s children. Kim Paspuletti once served as on the Farmington River Regional Elementary School Committee, and Campetti took care of her children while she attended meetings.
"She was very giving," Kim Paspuletti said.
The 2,250-square-foot trading post has received approval from the necessary town boards. The business is expected to receive a special permit tonight and other licenses will be applied for and approved as they progress, according to Sandisfield Town Administrator Lisa Blackmer.
If all goes well, the trading post is expected to open on July 28.
"It’s a trading post so we’re trying to keep it fitting in as a local store and not a cookie cutter gas station," Kim Paspuletti said.
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