Another established store has closed in rural Maine. Bento's was a general store for over 100 years in Macwahoc. The names changed over the years, but it was always open until the last couple of years. It was at the intersections of Routes 170, 2 and 2A. It was centered in a sportsman's paradise with hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATV trails. The markets have gone and along with that, the cash flow.
Down the road, Winn General has closed. Crawford's General Store in Drew closed; both stores in Topsfield have closed and the store in Brookton has lost much of its customer base. In Springfield, Mill Stream Store and Thompson's closed. The general store in Cary closed. The Duck Trap, only store in Carroll has closed, but is open occasionally selling craft type souveneirs.
Caution: If you venture into northern Washington County, eastern Penobscot County and southern Aroostook, do us a favor; Stop in, fill up and stock up. It's a long way to the next store. I could tell you why this is happening. It isn't over yet.
We have 95,000,000 Amerians between age 18 and 65 not working. They are not starving to death. They are paid not to work by our government, That is three times the population of Canada.