Eddie Townley and his wife, Susan, have purchased two historic buildings in downtown Fort Scott.
One, 11 N. Main, is now completed and put to use, the other, 12 N. Main is on the agenda for updating.
11 N. Main is the former Books and Grannies Book Store which was purchased in January 2021, while 12 N. Main is the former Country Cupboard.
At 11 N. Main, “We emptied it out, rearranged some walls, and made an ADA compliant bathroom on the first floor,” Townley said. “We also did painting, new flooring and painted the ceiling.”
“It turned out really nice,” he said. “It is rented by a Fort Scott Greyhound legacy group, as a gathering place.”
The building has about 1,700 square feet on the first floor. The second floor is a later project, he said.
12 N. Main, the former Country Cupboard
12 N. Main was purchased by the Townleys in December 2021.
“We are going to give it a good facelift and bring it up to date,” he said. “Bathrooms, flooring, painting.” The timeline is summer 2022 completion.
“The Country Cupboard was a great building with good bones,” Townley said.
This building use is undetermined as yet, Townley said.
Townley said he “wants to see the downtown come back to life,” and wants to be active in the revitalization.
“We would, like the Renard’s want to be involved in the community,” he said.
Judy and John Renard owned the Country Cupboard for many decades and was an anchor store in downtown Fort Scott.
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