You may not expect to find a deli/market on the long Wilton Road stretch between the Post Road and Route 7.
But there — smack in the middle, between Merritt Parkway Exit 41 and the Wilton town line — is The Country Store.
The name is generic. There must be hundreds of “country stores” across the country. (For decades there were 2 others right here in Westport: Christie’s Country Store on Cross Highway, and the Merritt Country Store next to Coffee An’.)
But the easy-to-overlook spot across from Chabad (formerly the Three Bears restaurant) punches far above its weight.
Alert “06880” reader and satisfied customer Russell Sherman writes:
“I’ve always been aware of the Country Store, and have been in there a few times over the years, but I never paid much attention to it.
“Today however, I stopped in when I was nearby. It was brighter than in the past. It was well-stocked with staples, candy and food, and a sandwich board that had more selections than most other places in town. My turkey sub was huge and reasonably priced.
“The owner — an older man working the grill — said it was under new ownership since February. The manager was a nice younger guy.
“People should discover this old piece of Westport history, that appears to have received a shot in the arm.”
You may not think of the folks running a country deli/market as “heroes.” But to persevere in times like these; to provide a service to an entire section of town that needs it — and to do so with care and friendliness — sounds pretty heroic to me.
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