Vernon has been without a store of any kind since the closing of the Schoolhouse Grocery several years ago, but a pair of entrepreneurs is planning to fill that void.

Cold Brook General Store and Ice Cream is now under construction at 67 Governor Hunt Road, just south of Nesbit’s Portside Tavern. The goal is to open by mid-November.

The store’s owner is Tim Forrett, and Dana Macaluso will serve as business manager. Current plans are to be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store will feature Wilcox hard ice cream in various flavors, with soft serve to be added at a future date. The store will carry a variety of groceries and everyday needs like milk, bread, butter and eggs. There will be some food-to-go items, and potentially in the future beer and wine will be added.

Keep an eye on the construction now going on. Dana and Tim plan to start up slow and build up, and welcome suggestions as to what customers would like to see at the store. Right now there are no job opportunities, but that could change, depending on the need.