Local business owners buy Hancock Market

  • The Hancock Market changed ownership on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—

  • The Hancock Market is now under new ownership — the Coffins, who own the Hancock Inn. Staff photo by Ben ConanT

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 20, 2017 11:40PM

The Hancock Market officially changed ownership on Friday.

Nancy Adams, who bought the store in 2011, sold it to Jarvis and Marcia Coffin, who currently own the Hancock Inn. 

Adams said she listed the property back in June and said several people were interested in buying the property, including a couple from Connecticut and another from Florida.

“I actually had quite a bit of interest,” Adams said about the posting. “They could have all been great, but it’s really nice that someone local is getting it. Every town has their own rhythm, and it’s good that someone local who understands our rhythm is taking it over.”

Jarvis said they were interested in buying the store not long after they caught word that it was on the market.

“This store has been here for about 100 years, not unlike the Hancock Inn,” Jarvis said. “These places are iconic to the area. This is the quintessential country grocery store, and we are the quintessential country inn.”

He said the acquisition seemed logical from there.

Jarvis said they intend to keep the place running more like a grocery store than a convenience store.

“The idea of a country market is about as New England as maple syrup,” Jarvis said. “Every community wants to save theirs and when they’re lost, it’s a void.”

He said they did not want to see that happen in Hancock, pointing to that as one of many reasons why they purchased the place.

Adams said when she bought the market, it needed a lot of basic work but now it’s a lot busier than when she first began. Adams says with an established foundation, she thinks the Coffins will bring able to build on what they already offer.

“It’s so much busier than when I bought it,” Adams said. “They’ll bring it to the next level.”

Jarvis said the Fox Tavern, the restaurant in the Hancock Inn, puts an emphasis on farm-to-table foods, with all of its produce and protein grown in the Monadnock region. He said he would like to see more farm-fresh foods in the market and also envisions more prepared foods being sold there.

Most of the staff will remain the same during the period of transition. Jarvis said two of its full-time employees at the inn have transitioned into roles at the market.

Adams has remained on board and will be in the area to help with the changeover for several months.

“She’s been a huge help,” Jarvis said about Adams on Monday.

Adams said that while she is excited about retirement, although letting the store go is hard.

“I should be doing the happy dance,” Adams said on Thursday, a day before the paperwork had been signed. “But it’s bittersweet.”

She said she hopes to work at the store a couple of days a week in the future, and will still come in most mornings to grab a cup of coffee with the guys.

Adams said she decided to sell in a move to spend more time with her grandkids, and travel to places she has always wanted to see.

“We’re (Adams and her husband) going to head to Florida in March for a month or two. For the first time in our lives we won’t have to go down there on a Friday and be worried about returning on Sunday night. It’ll be open-ended.”

Adams said she also wants to go to the Grand Canyon and see the Great Lakes, trips that have always been pushed off because of work.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.