Conklin to keep Hungerford Market after all

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Jean Conklin will continue to own and run Hungerford Market, rising early each morning to bake the fresh bagels displayed behind her.

ALTAMONT — Jean Conklin turned her Tuesday farewell party at Hungerford Market into a customer-appreciation party since she has decided to keep the bagel shop.

She had been planning to sell the business to James Miller and Connie Rue.

“Some of the details were not working out,” Conklin said on Monday of why she called off the impending sale.

“I have been here 11 years; it was not the right time,” she said, adding, “Hungerford Market is still here. There will be some changes down the road.” She said the changes may include new menu items and different specials for weekends.

Conklin  bought the business from Sue McGaughnea when it was located on Altamont’s Main Street in the old A&P building and later relocated around the corner to Maple Avenue when the Main Street venue was turned into a fine-dining restaurant.

Miller, who could not be reached for comment, had posted on social media Sunday, “It is with great disappointment that I must announce that Connie and I will not be purchasing the Hungerford Market. The current owner has had a change of heart and the sale is no longer on the table. We’d like to thank Jean Conklin for the consideration and opportunity and wish her continued success at the local Altamont landmark.”

“I know it was disappointing for him and for that I feel bad,” Conklin said of Miller.

She concluded, “At the end of the day, I’m happy with my decision.”


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