ZIDER STORE HISTORY PROGRESSES
Ligonier Valley residents, especially those in Laughlintown, want to know.
So do many others traveling along the Lincoln Highway—Rt. 30—through Laughlintown.
All have watched the building, known by locals as the Zider Store, morph from red-trimmed blue to dark-green trimmed country green. Other changes, both inside and out, are bringing the long-abandoned structure into code, enabling it to once again become a hub of activity at the corner of the Highway and Nature Run Road.
And still, everyone wants to know What will be done with Zider’s Store? Will it be an office building? An antique store? Many community residents stress they don’t want another antique store…
Kathy and Chuck Moore, who’ve owned The Country Cupboard in Ligonier for 12 years, have known the answer since Easter. In early July they will open a country store, The Country Cupboard and Nature Run Wood Work, an extension of their Ligonier store (which will remain in business) but with a more varied inventory.
“We want a nostalgic feel, like the country stores I see in Vermont,” Kathy said. “I like the look and feel of old wooden floors and ceilings.”
In addition to the jams, jellies, candles, and other items she stocks in the Ligonier store, the Laughlintown store will carry a few antiques and handcrafted furniture made by Chuck. It will also sell textiles, made on old looms by Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Eventually the couple expects to sell candy and pop cooled in a vintage refrigerator. The Moore’s expect their new location to attract tourists and Lincoln Highway travelers. She views its inventory “from local and tourist eyes.”
The Moores are leasing Zider Store from the Progress Fund, a Greensburg based nonprofit organization that works to create jobs and improve communities across southwestern and northern Pennsylvania and focuses on helping small business in the economically vital tourism industry.
The Progress Fund purchased the Zider General Store on Thursday, June 25, 2013. Vacant for more than 10 years, the non-profit organization is bringing it back to a life that will offer the Laughlintown community a viable , enriching business instead of a deteriorating historical structure.
“I feel privileged to open a store there and to become a part of its history,” said Kathy.