Monday, July 29, 2013

Wilkinson's Store for Sale, Springfield West

     I see the old Wilkinson's General Store is still for sale.  It's located in rural Prince Edward Island on the west end of the O'Leary Road in the community of Springfield West.
     The following photos are from the real estate website - they're a bit fuzzy.
Description: 3000'sq ft Country convenience store that serves as a contributing asset to many agricultural communities surrounding Springfield West and area. Built in 1912 this stores provides grocery, medicinal, household items, lottery, hardware items for its many regular and loyal customers. Building features a spacious apartment with it's own private entrance that has tenants. A large upstairs bedroom with a very spacious entertainment room, downstairs features entry, kitchen and dining area. Fridge and stove are included. An unfinished upstairs loft that has an extra 1800 sq ft potential for two other apartments. Stock is not included but certainly can be at a negotiable price. 200 amp service. Oil tank is replaced 8 yrs ago, includes water softener. Easily heated by a forced air oil furnace and estimated cost just under $2000 per annual. Full unfinished basement. Situated on 2 acres of land. 17x26 garage with a mechanics pit may be used for your own vehicle repairs, workshop etc.
 Note the patterned wood ceiling.
The following are photos I took of the store in July 2012.
     My great-grandmother Lucy (Milligan) MacNevin use to tell us about coming here in the fall, about a 7 mile trip from Milo, to get their winter's supply of dry good, flour, sugar, molasses, etc. - that would have been in the 1920's and 30's.
     I can't find much about the history of Mr. Wilkinson and his store, however, I know that upon his death he left a large estate - sometime in the 1950's.  He left a scholarship for young women from the West Prince area who were training at the Island's Nursing School - I had friends in the mid-1980's who benefited from this scholarship.

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