For over 15 years, Adams has operated the main store and hub of activity in vivacious Williamstown. Now he has more than doubled (from 5,000 square feet to 11,000 square feet) the size of Pump and Pantry into what you might call “a very large convenience store, or a mid-size grocery store” with fresh meat, fresh produce and frozen food (11 doors) departments.
“By all means, we are not a superstore,” states Adams in his quiet demeanor. “What we do is offer good products at reasonable prices in the convenience of the Williamstown community.”
The Pump & Pantry had already offered an acclaimed deli featuring great daily specials and the “meatiest” subs anywhere. That department has also been expanded.
Two local legends in the meat business – Mike Ziter and Mike Byrd – are just two of the new staff members showing Adams’ commitment to offering a quality operation.
The walk-in beer cave has also been a big hit at the Pump & Pantry over the last several years and now Adams is adding more microbrews and craft beers.
The produce department will feature fresh local in-season crops such as corn, strawberries, apples, etc. says Adams.
At the left end of the new store, conveniently located off Rt. 14 in Williamstown near the Moose Club is the LegenDairy Maple & Ice Cream Shop that rents its own space from Adams. “They feature homemade selections and are really popular.”
The “pumps” have also changed to VP Racing Fuels. Six gas pumps offer regular gas plus non-ethanol premium fuel. Racing car drivers and performance enthusiasts can get special fuel mixtures in 5 and 54 gallon containers (the only ones in Vermont). There are also two diesel pumps at the Pump & Pantry, offering both on and off road fuels.
The Pump & Pantry opens at 5 a.m. weekdays and 6 a.m. weekends and closes at 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Adams notes the response since recently opening “has been great” giving adage to the saying “If you build a better store, they will come!”