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Thursday, July 4, 2013

ZIDER’S STORE IN LAUGHLINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA Part 1


During my decade of living in Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania, I’ve often heard two questions about the red-trimmed blue building on the corner of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (Rt. 30) and Nature Run Road.
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THE FIRST QUESTION

What is to become of what was once the community center of Laughlintown—why can’t someone purchase it and bring it to life?

feuerwerk-0053_gif_pagespeed_ce_r7Dyf2bXXuMany local residents celebrating July 4th will have another reason to set off fireworks.

Zider Store has found a purchaser.

The Progress Fund of Greensburg (PA) purchased the structure on June 25. It expects to rehabilitate the building and lease it to a small business, which will enhance the existing businesses—including the Pie Shoppe, Ligonier Country Inn, the Compass Inn, and the antique shops.

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During my ten years living in Laughlintown’s Postal Service area I’ve heard the statement: The building is deteriorating so badly that it will be in an unrecoverable ruinous state before too long.

A sad state for a structure that was once the social center of town: a general store and the post office.

It’s been vacant most of the time since 1978, when the property was taken over by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. For a short time Frances L. Scaife operated an (more)