Posted on June 14, 2012 by Susan Vaughn, Wicked Local Cape Cod
YARMOUTH — A Yarmouth Port village landmark and a daily stop for many village residents is changing hands. The owners of the Yarmouth Port Village Store on Route 6A, Penny and Charlie Sullivan, have sold the store after 12 years and are moving to the mountains of North Carolina, Penny Sullivan confirmed last week. The new owners are Viktor J. Zukauskas, Jeffrey L. Marshall and Liudas Zukauskas, who also own the Craigville Package Store in Marstons Mills.
“We decided to relocate to North Carolina where we have owned land for eight years,” Penny Sullivan said. A new barn for the couple’s horses is being built on the property and they’ll build a new home as well.
The Sullivans will come back to the Cape in the summers, she said. They hope to move from their Dennis home in August with their horses and three dogs.
The move will be a big change, especially for Charlie Sullivan, a Cape Codder who ran his own landscaping business, Sullivan Yard Maintenance, for 22 years. After he sold that business two years ago, the Sullivans opened the deli in the store, which he runs. “Guys come from Hyannis to get my husband’s sandwiches,” Penny said.
But despite the deli’s popularity, Charlie is switching to another new career. He is apprenticing with Scargo Pottery and the couple plans to operate a pottery business out of their new home, Penny said.
The compact general store across from the Congregational Church in the center of the village has a steady flow of customers throughout the long hours, seven days a week, Penny said. The store has a little bit of everything: penny candy that is now a nickel, coffee, breakfast sandwiches and pastries from local bakeries in the mornings, groceries, a full beer and wine selection and CJ’s ice cream in the summer.
“It’s a family type store,” Penny said, noting that selectmen, the police chief and other regulars drop in daily, some two or three times a day.
Joel Chaison, one of those regulars who lives down the street, said the Sullivans “are very well liked in town. Everyone knows them.”
The store also has a loyal staff of 13 part-timers, mostly local retired people. “They will all stay,” Penny said.
Two other regular irresistible faces that greet customers are the Sullivans’ two English bulldogs, Phoebe and Max. “Everyone knows the dogs,” Penny said. “They change people’s personalities when they come in.” The dogs are among a few that are allowed in local stores by permission of the town board.
Last week, the Yarmouth selectmen approved the transfer of the store’s annual all-alcohol package store license to the Blue Marlin Beverage Corp., the corporate name of the new owners. Viktor Zukauskas, who will manage the store, and his attorney, Steven J. Pizzuti, were at the hearing.
Pizzuti said the new owners have never had a liquor violation at the Craigville store and they “are looking forward to carrying on a tradition.” He said they plan to operate the Yarmouth Port store similarly to how it has been.
Viktor Zukauskas said he was in the process of getting his TIPS training to sell liquor. The transfer must also must be approved by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission before the transfer can take place. The new owners paid $350,000 for the business assets, $50,000 for its inventory and got financing for $20,000 for initial start-up costs, for a total cost of $420,000, according to documents filed with the ABCC.
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