J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery is a purveyor of basic provisions, dry goods, Vermont produce, meat and dairy, local cheese, charcuterie, authentic wood-fired pizzas, prepared meals, penny candy, fine wine and beer.
Located in the heart of historic Peru village in the southwest corner of Vermont, we are a two-hour drive from Saratoga Springs, NY, the Berkshires and about three hours from Boston.
Historically, J.J. Hapgood has been the longest continuously-running general store in the state. Owner Juliette Britton grew up in Peru and, with her husband Tim, revived the beloved grocery, eatery and community gathering space in 2013.
J.J. Hapgood maintains the look and feel of the old store and is outfitted with artifacts from the original store and from the local community.
The Brittons added a local foods café, a custom wood-fired oven built by artisan Peter Moore, a gallery space, outdoor patio and growler filling stations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily with après ski, outdoor dining and a special blend of organic fair trade coffee served hot or cold-brewed. Pizza dough, sandwich bread and baked goods are made fresh daily using local organic flour.
History of The Store
In 2004 Juliette Britton returned to her hometown of Peru, Vermont to raise a family with her husband Tim. They saw an opportunity to serve the community by reopening the dormant general store in the center of town. Prior to a brief closure, J.J. Hapgood was the longest continuously-running general store in Vermont. Juliette and her family rebuilt the historic establishment and added a café, custom wood-fired oven, and outdoor patio. The store is once again a community fixture where locals can gather for live music, attend an art opening or catch-up with friends over a good meal.