New owners plan welcome center, Gateway to
A landmark property at the intersection of Routes 4 and 100 in
Killington has been purchased by a collective of local business
owners with a common vision for the property. Bill's Country Store
sold at auction on Friday, Sept. 14 to a group consisting of Howard
Smith, Steve Durkee, Aris Spanos, Phil Black and Chris Karr.
Smith cast the winning bid of $355,000 on behalf of the group.
The partnership was formed informally in an effort to secure the
property, and is now in the process of working out the details of
property ownership and usage. The collective vision is one
that utilizes the extraordinary location to welcome visitors and
travelers to the resort town and provide a much-needed sense of
arrival. "We are working all potential uses to develop a
self-sustaining space for the Chamber and Town Welcome Center,
including public restrooms," stated group member Chris Karr, who is
also the President of the Killington Chamber of Commerce.
Built in 1977, the iconic red building known as Bill's Country
Store has 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor,
a 2,000 square-foot apartment on the second floor, a large basement
and sits on 1.6 acres in a prime location at the base of the