HARVARD — After nine months of vacancy, it appears the General Store in the town common will rise again.
London-based couple Lynn and Adam Horowitz, who have ties in Harvard, have entered an agreement to purchase the property. They plan to open a store there in the future, said Realtor Gwen Cook, of RE/MAX Traditions in Bolton.
But it’s not a done-deal, said Cook.
“There is a signed purchase and sale agreement,” she said. “We expect the closing to be at the end of the month.”
The sale price will be available after the closing, she said.
The couple has lived abroad for many years and is looking forward to settling in Harvard, said Cook. Lynn’s mother was Evelyn Hammerstein, a well-known patron of public causes in her day, she said.
The couple is planning renovations for the three-story, 7,878-square-foot building that will improve its appearance, said Cook, but are planning to keep its use the same.
“It will be some kind of general store, but they haven’t made any finalized plans yet,” said Cook.
Alternative uses, such as apartments, are unlikely, since the building has a septic system with a capacity for a one-bedroom home, and the structure covers the entire parcel. The system was updated during the summer and is compliant, she said.
The property was put on the market by the Garrick family last June, and the store closed shortly thereafter.
Cook wasn’t the listing agent for the property and couldn’t speak to marketing it, but had some general comments about the real estate and what attracted the Horowitzes.
“In terms of visibility, it’s a dream listing because it’s right there in the center of town,” she said. “They just think it’s a wonderful opportunity.”