Customers join to buy country store

A popular country store and gathering place in Western Massachusetts has been bought by its loyal customers and turned into a cooperative. The Old Creamery Grocery in Cummington was bought by 550 member-owners for $1.3 million. The new owners include locals as well as people from as far away as California who own homes in the area. The president of the board of directors, Kimberly Longey, told The Berkshire Eagle that the price includes the property, the inventory, and a renovation and expansion project. The co-op plans to expand existing store space by 20 percent, improve the parking area and grounds, and add an outdoor dining area and ice cream window. The Old Creamery will remain open during renovations. All 26 employees will stay on. The Creamery opened in 1886 as a dairy farmer’s processing plant.