Reed’s Pharmacy Plans Opening in Berryville

As downtown businesses continue to struggle to find their footing in today’s economy, the fallout has real consequences that affect residents in and around small towns. Never was it more apparent in Berryville than when the pharmacy closed its doors. Randy Vinson owned and operated the Berryville Pharmacy for many years, but was faced with the difficult decision of continuing to fight in an anemic economy or to sell the business to a large chain competitor. On March 20, 2012 the store closed and accounts were taken over by CVS in Winchester, leaving the entire county without the benefit of a pharmacy.

That void seems to have caught the attention of several entrepreneurs as well as a group of town residents who all shared the goal of returning a pharmacy to Berryville. Mayor Wilson Kirby confirmed that town officials had met several times with an undisclosed individual who was very interested in opening a pharmacy in town. However, while those discussions were going on, another business owner stepped up to lease the space at 15A Crow Street to open Reed’s Pharmacy in Berryville.

Late Thursday afternoon landlord, Paul Jassal confirmed that Reed’s is planning to open their latest location in his Crow Street building and hopes to have the lease finalized with the new tenant shortly. Reed’s Pharmacy is an independent family business with locations in Berkeley Springs WV, Hedgesville WV, and Hancock MD. The Berryville location has a tentative opening date of July.

It is unclear what impact this development will have on the undisclosed business that had eyed the town for a potential pharmacy before Reed’s decided to open.

Meanwhile residents of Battlefield Estates have been working to woo Food Lion to expand their facility to include a pharmacy. The Battlefield Estates Civic Association (BECA) has contacted the corporate offices of Food Lion and requested they bring a pharmacy to the existing Berryville location, expanding the footprint of the store and returning this crucial service to the community in a convenient location.

BECA President Sharon Strickland said, “Recently, the officers of the Battlefield Estates Civic Association met to discuss what BECA’s Public Service Committee could do to help bring a pharmacy to the town and a decision was made to start a petition to the Food Lion Corporation to expand the current Berryville location and include a pharmacy similar to the Martin’s Food Store and Pharmacy in Winchester.”

The path to a sympathetic ear started in Berryille, wound through Philadelphia  and eventually struck pay dirt in Richmond. “The Regional Manager [in Philadelphia] referred our Chair to the area location site company in Richmond, VA. The Richmond area manager then visited Berryville and was given all particulars. The response from Food Lion is that they will consider what the people want and what the town wants. The corporation is open minded to a meaningful discussion.”

The petition will provide proof of interest in the community. The group also hopes to gain support from local elected officials.

Berryville Mayor Wilson Kirby has advocated efforts to return a pharmacy to Berryville making it one of the goals of his recent reelection bid. He said he was pleased to hear news that Reed’s had selected Berryville as a new location. However, he added that he could not support the petition that BECA has started. “Now that a pharmacy is coming to Crow Street I can’t support a petition that would create competition among pharmacies in our town. It didn’t matter to me where the pharmacy was built but now that one is coming to Berryville we need to support them.”

BECA plans to continue the petition effort and is canvassing neighborhoods to rally support. “Anyone interested in signing the petition can contact me by phone at 540-955-4618 or email at” Ms. Strickland said.

Reed’s Pharmacy owner Kenneth Reed did not respond to inquiries regarding the new store in Berryville.




  1. life is good says:

    What on earth is wrong with having some competition and 2 pharmacies? This antiquated thinking is what got Berryville NO pharmacy when the guy bailed in March.

    Another grocery store wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

    • Another View says:

      Quite right!

      What gives the Mayor, or the government generally, the power to decide that competition should not be allowed, and that certain businesses should be favored or disfavored? If Berryville’s government can dictate the number of pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, news stands, etc., then it is more akin to the Soviet Union than the heir of Jefferson, Henry, Washington and Madison.


      • Fly on the wall says:

        Ummm…it would appear that way for the past several years, with the insistence on “locating downtown” in inadequate-for-21st-Century-retail spaces that lack adequate parking and space and some nebulous “disagreement” with Alton Echols or whatever that has prevented any sort of retail expansion there @ Rt 7 Bypass/340.

        If Reed’s Pharmacy, which will have better parking options than the old BP, has better hours, then this is indeed an improvement over what was there. But to pour water on constituents’ efforts seems odd

        • Another View says:

          Fly on the wall, we all know what has been going on. The question is where does their authority come from (clue–it does not exist)? And a better question is why do the townspeople permit such an abusive use of power? The same Mayor who can decree that there can only be one (1) pharmacy can also limit what is sold, the hours of operation, etc. Want your daughter to operate a lemonade stand? Better get the Mayor’s permission first! Did we learn nothing from the Easter sign on private property?

          Government at all levels is out of control, and needs to be reigned in! Citizens unite!

          • Looks to me like the powers that be were blindsided and cannot do a thing about it.

            Good! I look forward to the new, CONVENIENT pharmacy.

      • Mark Elyea says:

        And while we are on the subject, how about another grocery store, Martins, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s, something, anything other than the Food Lion. Clarke County, at least bring in the 20th century if not the 21st. Having to drive 12-15 miles just for a decent selection of food stuff’s


        • My 2 Cents says:

          Never will happen Mark. The old-timers that fear change will never go for it. Some even cry that we couldn’t support it, that we are too small……… All tactics to keep this a one-horse town…

          • Hey, Winchester and Purcellville are great places to live if you want that type of life. Plenty of houses for sale in both. You’d probably be closer to work in one of those 2 locations. Personally, I feel Berryville has grown too much. It’s far from a 1 horse town. If you don’t like it, leave it. Set yourselves FREEEEEEEEE!

        • You should move 15 minutes away. 1 grocery store is enough for this size community. Food Lion is a good store with a lot of good people working there.

    • ProArte says:

      Rumor has it that Trader Joe’s rejected Winchester as a new store location recently. Why not Berryville? The competition is Food Lion and Locke Country Store, in Millwood. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I’ll bet that there are a lot of Berryville/Clarke County folks who are dissatisfied with Food Lion and would prefer to shop at a Trader Joe’s in Berryvile rather that a distant Martin’s.

      • StoneBroke says:

        Did he say Locke Country Store in Millwood? Are they really in competition for anything? I guess if you need a 1/2 pound of bologna and sharp cheese?

        • My 2 Cents says:

          Now that’s the funniest thing I have heard in days! Guess I will pack up the kids and head to Locke’s Country Store for my grocery shopping…… LOL

        • ProArte says:

          You obviously haven’t been to Locke Store recently.

  2. StoneBroke says:

    I was thinking the same thing. This is the exact “closed minded” thinking that keeps this town the way it has been for years. It allows the monopolizing to continue and the people of Berryville are the ones that continue to suffer.

  3. StoneBroke says:

    P.S.–I’ll continue to get my prescriptions filled in Winchester.

    • livein22611 says:

      And that is the problem. Please stop complaining about Berryville and telling everyone what THEY need to do when this is your attitude.

      • Stonebroke says:


  4. George Archibald says:

    The Reeds Pharmacy company interest in the convenient downtown Crow Street location between the Dollar Store and Exxon station is great news for residents and another feather in Mayor Wilson Kirby’s hat. The picture with the paint or spackle container on the floor tells us they’re already moving in and getting ready for business to start prety soon. Corporate people like and trust the solid financial and tax situation within the town of Berryville, where costs are not as high as Winchester and points east. Both Food Lion and CVS, big corporate monsters, will take a long time to get their acts together, so immediate pharmacy service to needy customers here is not in the cards. Thanks to Mayor Kirby for encouraging Reeds, and happy days in retirement to Randy Vinson and family who served the community so well for many years.

  5. StoneBroke says:

    After reading the article–it sounds as if Mayor Kirby didn’t even realize that Reed’s was planning on opening up in Berryville! Not sure what article you was reading George!

  6. Who owns the buildings downtown? I do believe if you answer that question, many answers will follow,

  7. jennifer says:

    Great news! They will have my business the first day. It is great to know that small business can still exist among the corporate giants.

  8. Got-A-Dollar says:

    Does the mayor represent all of Berryville or only downtown?

  9. It sounds like there are a lot of people who miss Northern Virginia. I for one like the idea of having a small family owned Pharmacy in town. The town is not large enough to support multiple pharmacies (or multiple large chain food stores). Small and family owned businesses is what makes the small town atmosphere which is why I moved to Berryville. I look forward to Reed’s Pharmacy opening their doors!!

    • Another View says:

      If multiple businesses open and the town proves “not large enough to support” them, then the excess businesses will close. The free market will decide; which is far superior to the Mayor deciding for all of us.

      • livein22611 says:

        Why in the world would you want a business to open, have people pour their money, heart and soul into it, only to have it fail. That’s just mean. If this county were big enough for two grocery stores one would have opened by now. And where is the CVS that had no problem taking your prescriptions? Are they considering Berryville? No. And there is room for them to build so don’t play that card. People around here go into a business once a year and like to think they are buying local and supporting the local business. Go in once a month and then you begin to make a difference. The big “corporate” stores have the sense to know that competition kills them in this small market and THAT is why they are not coming to Clarke. (And FYI, the mayor and town officials do nothing to get businesses in here. Nothing.)

        • Why should CVS open a store in Bville? They know most people have cars, make them drive to them.

  10. life is good says:

    I am in no way suggesting multiple anything. It seems, however, that the COUNTY, not just the town, could support 2 pharmacies and 2 grocery stores. Two of anything is not an ugly number.

    And I agree about the small family owned businesses. Hopefully more will come

  11. Darren "Fly" Lambert says:

    The problem with a family owned business is the fact that they usually can’t compete with the prices that the major chains offer. Don’t know about anyone else–but I have to keep my budget in check! That is one of the major differences I see!

  12. Mom in 22611 says:

    To Ric:

    RE: The town is not large enough to support multiple pharmacies

    The town had two pharmacies for many years, so there is good reason to believe the town and county
    could support two pharmacies again.

    I am thrilled that the new pharmacy is opening and will certainly patronize it.
    If the Food Lion also built a pharmacy, that would be competition and competition usually
    works to bring prices down. Lower prices in town will benefit everyone.

  13. Got-A-Dollar says:

    Berryville supported two pharmacies for many, many years. The proprietors did very well and were basically only pharmacies.
    The issue is not just a drugstore but with the town and counties idea of where any business should locate.
    The town wants business in a three block section downtown and the county wants the center of business and commercial growth to be Double Toll Gate and Waterloo. This is tunnel vision, business in and around Berryville would attract more shoppers to the area, a benefit to residents and add to the tax base.
    Look at the Greenwood Road area of Frederick County, who would have thought that area would have that kind of business growth while Berryville struggles to attract a drugstore.
    I’m a life long resident of Berryville and it is time for our local leaders to have an business attitude adjustment.

    • There are many here who would agree with this sentiment, however what exactly would you suggest?
      The people running this town and county have no business acumen whatsoever and therefore cannot understand what would make the area attractive to vibrant modern businesses and as the last town election showed you can’t even get anyone to run for office. All the open positions were unopposed.

      So in that environment what would you suggest to make this area look like an opportunity to someone who was looking to locate a business in an area where it would prosper?

      • Another View says:

        Vote the incumbents out!

        • CC TaxPayer says:

          Glad to hear local pharmacy back in Berryville. Hope they provide as excellent a service as BP. Bring on the competition. Berryville has two Dollar stores, why not two grocery stores (I hate FL) and two pharmacies.

    • Interesting. From the posts, most CDN posters seem to be very liberal, which is anti business. Why should the people who are elected be any different?

  14. LongTimer says:

    I hope Reed’s Pharmacy has better hours and more selection than our last pharmacy. I grew up here and we had two pharmacies, a clothing store, hardware store, two grocery stores and I can’t remember what else. I think we drew in people from other places but now we just tend to distract people from shopping in Berryville because every other small town has a CVS and two grocery stores. Take Charles Town for example.

  15. While I commend Sharon Strickland for reaching out to Food Lion, why hadn’t a county or town official do that when BP announced it’s deal with CVS?

    • jennifer says:

      Many have been even though that should not be the role of government. AV??? Your thoughts on government involvement in attracting business.

      • Sure Jennifer. I work for a living, like you must do. But the mayor has time to make a few phone calls.

      • Another View says:

        Government should not be in the business of attracting or discouraging business. Government should act merely to enforce the peace, and permit people to exercise freedom and liberty to the maximum compatible with a free society.

        Therefore, while government should not be offering tax incentives for a pharmacy to locate in Berryville, government should also not be acting to keep a pharmacy from locating in Berryville.

        • jennifer says:

          would you be happy if there were no planning or zoning rules at all and anyone could build anything or erect any kind of sign any where? It could get pretty messy. Would that be ok with you? Just asking. I have a feeling if your neighbor put up some ugly mess right next door you might have an issue. Am I wrong?

          • Another View says:

            Would I like it if my neighbor painted their house purple? No. Do I think that government should be permitted to prohibit painting houses purple? No.

            Most people come up with absurd examples, that someone will put up a nuclear power plant next to an elementary school, but for zoning. This is not so. Most of the examples of zoning involve instances such as prohibiting signs on private property advertising Easter, or additions to residential houses. Zoning is also used as a club to extract monies from private parties as a condition for the use of their land as they see fit. In the criminal context, this is called extortion.

            Zoning is overrated, and almost always unnecessary. Houston has no zoning and it works fine. Last time I was there, there were no nuclear plants next to schools.

            The fact is, no one is going to put in an industrial plant in the middle of an residential neighborhood because it is economically unsound, given the costs of land, etc. But this is used as a scare tactic by those who wish to dictate how others may use their property.

            I believe in private property rights, which are naturally regulated under the common law of nuisance. I do not believe in a system whereby a majority of a neighborhood can dictate to a homeowner what color they might paint their house.

          • jennifer says:

            I agree in that i would NEVER purchase a house in a neighborhood with an hoa. I don’t want to be told what color i can paint my house or if I can have a garden or a clothesline. My examples of lack of zoning don’t include such extremes as nuclear plants next to elementary schools. I prefer to avoid extremes. I think there are areas of Frederick county and Jefferson county that are fine examples of lack of zoning. Without zoning you will end up with a mishmosh of signs and sprawl.

            Not quite sure what you mean by private property rights which are naturally regulated by the common law of nuisance.

          • Another View says:

            Nuisance is the use of land in an uncommon way such that you seriously impair the use and enjoyment of another’s property. So, if you stored waste on your property that leaked into the ground water system, invading others’ wells, that would be a nuisance, and a lawsuit would lie for abatement and damages.

            And no government regulation required.

          • jennifer says:

            can’t win a lawsuit if no laws have been violated. and the courts cost money. I don’t use the court system and therefore should not have to support it. if you have a problem with your neighbor’s stored waste system, that will be your problem, not mine.

          • Another View says:

            First, you already support the court system.

            Second, we need the court system, as that is how we settle disputes, peacefully.

            Third, if someone were to impair your right to peacefully enjoy your property, then they have broken the law. And if they do it in the fashion of my example, it is your problem!

          • jennifer says:

            and you already support the school system.

            and we need the school system. that is part of how we guarantee the future security of our nation. an uneducated society is not economically competitive and very costly if no other way than by the expense of the court system.

            and finally, regarding the peaceful enjoyment part, i suggest you go back and re-read the biosolids discussions.

  16. “Back in the day, we had two of everything…” and you did. What you did not have was Target, Walgreens, Food Lion, Martin’s, and all the other major chains who have a buying power that makes it hard for the small business owner to survive. A small business owner needs a case or two of product. The major chain needs thousands of cases for their distribution center. Think the two businesses will get the same price? And how much time is spent at a pharmacy on the insurance filing and regulations that didn’t exist back then? I think we need to stop dwelling on what we used to have and how it used to be and start working towards what we need now. You can complain all you like but, as stated before, if you don’t run for election or vote for change then just deal with it and drive to Winchester. We live in Mayberry, USA. We know our neighbors. We wave to 20 people everytime we drive down Main St.. In most ways, our life here is better than those who live in the planned communities of NoVa. Glad to see Reed’s coming to town and my family will tranfer all our prescriptions to them.

    • jennifer says:

      Amen Emily. Those who can’t stand the facts can vote them down all they want. When you give up the mom and pop businesses, you ultimately give up your freedom and sell your soul to the corporate box stores

      • My 2 Cents says:

        Give up freedom? Are you serious? Freedom? Cmon man!!!! Freedom????? What do all of you have against the Target’s and Wal-marts? I guess I am just naive or something…. My family loves going to Target. Its a shame we have to drive to Winchester to do it though. But, thats how you farmers want to keep it down here. Antiqueville….. More money funnelling up the road, and those same people are the ones complaining about having no tax base…. Well sorry to inform you, that a Cupcake, Cookie, and Rug Store isn’t going to carry the tax base….. Just my thoughts…..

        Comment Rating= -56 LOL

        • jennifer says:

          ok, naive isn’t the word i would choose but whatever. well maybe you and your family can enjoy a pleasant conversation on the way up the road to target. some /like/ target on fb but as a family outing??? lol indeed.

          • My 2 Cents says:

            We have plenty of great conversation thank you Jennifer. The one we will have tonight will be about taxes and how the county we live in is like living in Bedrock! What do you and yours do as a family? I am guess it has something to do with visiting the kitty-cats at the Bookstore?

            LOL- Indeed

          • been here a long time says:

            Exactly why did you move to Clarke Co?. Surely you knew we didn’t have the big box stuff. I’m sure that there are plenty of house in Frederick Co. to purchase.

          • My 2 Cents says:

            Been here for 35 yrs…. I guess my family and I were always hoping the County/Town would get with the times. However that doesn’t seem to be the case? Yet its still so expensive to live here and have nothing but a vision of a cow peeing out your window….. Ahhh the joys of life in Berryville and Clarke. How many of you people would up and move if a Target would be built up near Food Lion? I am guess all you Loudoun County Plants would huh????

          • My heart bleeds for you. Such a sad, touching story.
            Love it or leave it.

          • Another View says:

            The town belongs to all. It is not to be treasured only by those who would build a barrier to every newcomer, be they families or businesses.

          • livein22611 says:

            Thank you, Been Here A Long Time! Not sure why people move here assuming that Target will be opening soon. And how is a community of 14,000 going to support a big chain store? Change can be good but change can also be bad. I think it’s hilarious that people buy houses in the developements around Dulles and then complain about flight paths. Duh. Don’t move here assuming things will change. Most of those who move here and complain about everything don’t really contribute back to the community to begin with. You are not forced to buy a home here. It was your choice. Deal with it. Of course, there are also some people who just like to complain. About everything. Have a great day!

          • StoneBroke says:

            Who said anything about moving here? Maybe we grew up here and would like to see a change! Did you ever think about that? Not everyone that lives in Clarke County moved here!

          • My 2 Cents says:

            Thank you Stonebroke! We have probably been here longer than you may think!!!!!!!!

          • To me, first and foremost, I would like to see business growth in Clarke so that residents aren’t always relied upon to pay 95 percent of the bills for the county, especially when the need arises for new schools or school improvements or senior centers, new water treatment facilities, infrastructure or keeping the parks and streets looking good. Just imagine if there was a cluster of businesses right off Route 7, away from any houses. There are tens of thousands of people who stream through there daily. If the right stores were built, there is no way they would fail in such a location. Same with Route 50. The Sheetz and Shell and McDonalds there do a great business throughout the day. They are very well supported. New business would fill a need for revenue if taxed realistically. They would also be a much need convenience for the residents of Clarke as well as commuters on their way home from Frederick county and beyond.

          • …seems like every time I wake up from a beauty sleep there’s another slap on here at us kittys. meow?

    • StoneBroke says:

      You would be hard pressed to wave to 20 people during the Christmas Parade much less during a regular day!

  17. Cool Kat says:

    SO what! You aren’t going have them Mom and Pop stores forever. As StoneBroke said, they are usually too expensive anyway. I need to crunch every penny I can these days.

  18. Two dollar stores certainly haven’t driven the mom and pop stores out of business. I would think the little shops we have now would not be affected by a decent chain grocery store or pharmacy. Is it too much to ask to have a place to buy some decent clothes and a decent pair of shoes? And have you tried to get a quick haircut in town on a Wednesday? It can’t be done! The mom and pops have their niche secured. The citizens of Clarke have other needs too that currenty are not available within the county.

    • jennifer says:

      remember superfresh? gone within a year of food lion opening. fl moved in and undersold sf until they ran them out of business and then jacked their prices up. How about video den? Movie gallery came to town and then video den was gone shortly there after. I just don’t understand how people who crave targets and walmarts would choose to live in such a lame place as this obviously is.

      • My 2 Cents says:

        Superfresh and VideoDen????? You have got to be kidding me????? I guess the Berryville Lumber Company ran Coiner’s Hardware out of Business too???? It all comes down to pricing…. If you cannot offer the consumer the lowest price, then tootles…. Why shop at SuperFresh and pay 2.50 for a loaf of bread when you can go somewhere else for .99 cents???? I guess thats the Freedom you were talking about huh???

      • holy cow says:

        I’m actually curious also. Winchester, Leesburg, Charles Town, and Front Royal all have the Walmarts and Targets among other things.So I’m sure I’ll anger some people but hopefully someone will just understand my question as what it is…curiosity. Why did you move to Clarke County? With nothing here that interests some of you what was it that made you pick here? Honest answers are greatly appreciated!

        • My 2 Cents says:

          Been here for 35 yrs Mr. Cow. Probably longer than most that post here with a few exceptions. So when you see My 2 Cents post something with an economic growth tag here, I am not your typical Loudoun County New guy posting here………

        • My 2 Cents says:

          Also to the Cow. Why is it that all of our neighboring counties have meaniful businesses but yet we have nothing????????? Wait a minute, we have 2 Dollar Stores and 2 7-11’s!

          • holy cow says:

            Glad you’ve been here that long. I’ve been here a little longer if that matters…but it doesn’t because that wasn’t my question. I never said on whether i agree with your view on growth or if I don’t. My question is why do people move here. Or also, why do you stay here. I always hear about what we don’t have but never what makes people stay here or move here. And everybody has a reason…all different reasons..What are they? You never learn anything if you don’t ask 2 cents. Even you have to agree with that 🙂 So……let’s not be grumpy and just give some thought to the question. What’s it gonna hurt

      • It is odd to watch this discussion again.

        The “take it or leave it” attitude is not constructive to any sort of dialogue about the real problem. The problem with a town and a county that has no meaningful economic development program is sustainability. If the path that the downtown district is on continues without any vision or effort to change, it will simply fall into the abyss. The inane efforts of the organizations tasked with it are so ineffectual that they might as well burn the money they are given in the middle of Main Street. It would attract far more people (if they had sense enough to promote it).

        You can enumerate a handful of businesses on Main Street but they are unsustainable past their current owners. When they decide to hang it up there will be no one to step in because the town does not represent an opportunity. Foot traffic is everything to retail and there is no plan and no vision to bring it. Main Street has over a dozen empty store fronts and they are the only thing growing.. Crow Street is becoming the new Main Street. Liquor store, drug store, dry cleaner, bakery (of a sort) two restaurants. Will Crow Street knock the wind out of Main Street? It already is with business hours that make sense for the community that the Easement addicted county officials have created. A bedroom community that goes elsewhere to work and can only shop before they leave or after they return.

        It is an epic failure in leadership yet the recent election shows no one even cares.

        The drones in office fear people with vision because they have become so ineffective. Leadership has become so alien to them that they fear it and deride people who actually can pull together a lucid plan for anything.

        So it is up to the people to come up with a sustainable approach for the county and drill it into elected officials. It’s not big box retail and it’s not simply mom and pop shops. There is an answer but it will take vision from people who actually have experience and perspective in business.

        What is it?

        • Another View says:

          Remove the current roadblocks. Ease the procedures for obtaining permits. Lower the costs associated with permits. Expedite the permit and application process. Lower taxes on businesses and residents, alike. Advertise the changes with an appropriate slogan proclaiming Berryville/Clarke Co. open for business.

          We don’t have to have one of the highest personal property tax rates in the state. We don’t have to make things difficult. We can have a thriving business community AND a bucolic lifestyle.

          • Those are good benchmark actions for any place looking to promote business, however based on what business owners say in this town, permits are relatively easy, costs are not particularly onerous (unless you are putting in a new building and need water and sewer, if you are forget about it). Taxes are not much different then anywhere else. In fact business permits are feeble compared to other municipalities.

            So that’s not what I’m after. What can be done in a substantive way to make the area appealing to people with money to visit? With a good plan and an economic development program that is aligned to a plan, Berryville could be a day trip destination where people come and spend their money then go home,which seems to be what most residents want them to do.

            So while your suggestions come from sincere economic principles, the to do list involves more social engineering then economic.

          • My 2 Cents says:

            they pay hardly no taxes……… 35 bucks a year for a permit????

          • Another View says:

            Well gee whiz; what about all the other taxes? What about the cost of getting approvals for zoning changes, proffer requests, etc.? Are those free? And if it is so easy to open a business in Clarke County, why is there only one grocery store? Why doesn’t that grocery store have a pharmacy?

            The government has a stranglehold on business right now. My suggestions go to getting its hands off businesses’ throats. If you want business, my suggestions are valid and useful. If you don’t want business, keep things the same.

            Frankly, I am not sure that I care one way or the other.

          • No one is saying it’s free, it’s just not what the encumbrance is. Compared to other geographic areas, government policies, tax rates and zoning restrictions in B-ville are relatively innocuous. The BADA has some issues but even those will not stand up to motivated businesses. The County tried to lock Georgetown off the mountain and they stood up to their sliding scale zoning practices and they BoS withered like Berryville lawns in August.

            If a business WANTS to come there is little that can stop them. So it has to be an environment that a business would look at and say, “Yes that spot, at this time, represents an opportunity for me to make money.”

            So how do you engineer an environment that is attractive to businesses? The resident population is too low to sustain any retail so it needs an input of people from somewhere else to boost the foot traffic.

            How to make a destination out of Mayberry…

          • Another View says:

            But business does not want to fight. Fighting is expensive, even if you win. And I made that point earlier. You make a destination out of Mayberry by throwing out the welcome mat, not by baring fangs, even if false.

          • jennifer says:

            “……why is there only one grocery store?”
            because the population cannot support two full sized grocery stores and a smaller one like Trader Joe’s won’t even locate in the City of Winchester.

            “Frankly, I am not sure that I care one way or the other.”
            clearly you do. either that or you are just bored. bored and ashamed of your own opinion.

          • Another View says:

            Maybe I am just tired of debating with folks who cannot comprehend the contradictions in their own positions. I know that I am confounded by folks who scream about their “rights” while working diligently to abridge others’. And I am saddened and tired by those who place their faith in government.

            But I am NEVER ashamed of my own opinion.

            BTW, you don’t know that the population won’t support 2 grocery stores. I’d bet it will.

          • Glen Poe says:

            The town already supports 2 grocery stores. Food Lion…which is a tax benefit to the community and Martins which isn’t.

          • “because the population cannot support two full sized grocery stores and a smaller one like Trader Joe’s won’t even locate in the City of Winchester.”

            A & P and Safeway co-existed here for years

  19. StoneBroke says:

    I’m not sure if I am on the same page here? Where are all of these Mom and Pop shops in town? When I ride through town I see nothing except places to get a bite to eat! Correct me if I am wrong but I think there is the rug store, Couple of barbershop, old bookstore (that is never open–good to stop by and window shop and see the kitties) flower shop, and that is all that rings a bell!

    • Fly on the wall says:

      Don’t forget the music store, a tanning salon, the eyeglass place, Edward Jones investors, the thrift store and auto parts store, the appliance & counter place, 3 auto repair places (3! OMG!), and the over-priced hardware store, too.

      • jennifer says:

        we are having our kitchen remodeled, and Will at the Cabinet and Appliance store helped design our kitchen through many home visits and various design drafts. We ordered custom cabinets through them which just came in today. There were issues with a couple of the cabinets on unpacking, which they immediately dealt with with the (US made) manufacturer and new ones are on their way. They referred us to the granite counter top dealer that they recommend for us to deal with directly (no middle man) and quality local contractors who we can trust in our home, even when we are not here. YES SB we do have more than restaurants in Berryville/Clarke County and every day that I drive home from work and come into Clarke I am thankful that I am leaving all of the claptrap of the city behind me.

        Will has come into the business started by his father and they continue to serve Clarke County as they have for many years. We got our refrigerator, and washer and dryer from them 25 years ago and they service what they sell, ususually very quickly…..try getting that at sears, or walmart.

  20. My 2 Cents says:

    Yay! Happy that the TV Clinic provides a good service. I know this too. But how often do you shop there on a daily basis???

    My point exactly

  21. Sam Card says:

    Walkers and I love the idea of a drug store in Berryville, since we like to walk. With Greenfield, Godfrey House and the nursing home nearby, there is a need. The new drug store will be a great convenience. My 92 year old stepfather, Bev whiting, appreciates and shops at local businesses. Some Clarke County elderly people don’t drive, so it will be conveneint for them. Statistics show that there is risk and potential life threatening danger in operating a motor vehicle, Local spending recycles money in the community, while a big chain store will send much of their profits ro their headquarters.

  22. Glen Poe says:

    Bottom line is that wal mart etc and most big box stores wouldn’t think of locating here because of demographics. Its that simple. However there are plenty of viable mid sized businesses that would if it weren’t for current management. I don’t think people really want to see wal wart etc and I know I don’t but there is no need to stand in the way of reasonable growth and development that would occur naturally and the town is bigger than 2 blocks.

  23. Blossom Butt says:

    The town does NOT support two grocery stores. While most residents shop at Martins and Food Lion, in that order, Martins is not supported solely by Berryville, and Food Lion is. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL FOR a REAL grocery store that understands that we want product and prices, not fancy displays and fluff, but I felt it necessary to correct what Glen Poe stated.

    • Another View says:

      There are a whole lot of West Virginia license plates in the Food Lion parking lot, to be supported “solely” by Berryville. If we had another grocery store, do you think some of those West Virginia automobiles would migrate over to that store?

  24. Sam Card says:

    Many years ago, Oscar and Charles Ramsburg had a small grocery store on Main Street in Berryville. Guy Shakleford had a small gracery store on Main Street too. Oscar Cave had a small gracery store near the railroad tracks on Main Street. You could buy clothes and shoes on Main street at Scheurs or at Wisecarver Gent Shop. John Friant had a hardware store for many years on Main Street, just east of the railroad tracks. You can still get a haircut at Potters Barber Shop on Mian Street. Bob Barfield was the manager at Safeway and active in the Ruritan Club. Don Melvin managed A&P Grocery Store on Main Street. The A&P became Superfresh. The Dollar General store building is owned by the American Legion and use to have dances. The swimming pool was behind the American Legion building and the tennis courts were located in the parking lot that now hosts the Berryville Farmers Market. After Safewy left Berryville, Buddy Adams used the building and parking lot for Buddy’s Supermarket. Jock White was the butcher for Buddy Adams and later decided to buy out Buddy Adams’ inventory and remodel the store. When Food Lion came in, Jock White’s grocery store and Superfresh could not compete and went out of business. Bev Whiting owned the Berryville Newstand from 1956-1979. After serving a wide variety of customers for 23 years, Mr. Richard Beverly Whiting sold his inventory to Carolynn Longerbeam Singhas. Bev was very friendly to his customers and Bill Bowerman, as a teenager, use to work at Berryville Newstand. Bill learned excellent customer service skills from Bev Whiting and later worked at Bank of Clarke County. Bill now shows his friendly smile as an employee at Nalls Market on Route 7. Senator Harry Flood Byrd of Rosemont use to buy his sunday newspaper at the Berryville Newstand and discuss politics with Bev Whiting. Little children could buy comic books, ice cream and school supplies at Berryville Newstand. Even in the late 1970’s, there was a daily greyhound bus to Washington every morning and you could take the bus back to Main street in Berryville in the late afternoon from Washington, D.C. On weekends, you could ride the bus and spend the day in Washinton, D.C. Main Street in Berryville was more lively in the 1970’s than today. Rose Hill Park and gazebo, Clarke County Historical Museum, Firehouse Art Gallery and Barns of Rose Hill entertainment are attractions to invite people to come to Main Street. I applaud and thank John Lyttle for his excellent narrations at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. The Wendy’s almond berry salad picnic was a fun event on Main Street last spring. Many people are glad that there will be a drug store in Berryville.