Continuing ‘Northfield as we know it’: Sale of Mim’s Market expected in mid-March

  • Customers in Mim’s Market in Northfield on a Friday afternoon last summer. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • After being put up for sale in August, Mim’s Market, owned by Kim Farmer, pictured, is on the verge of being sold to Northfield Food Mart owner Jody James. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/25/2020 10:22:06 PM

NORTHFIELD — After being put up for sale in August, Mim’s Market is on the verge of being sold to Northfield Food Mart owner Jody James.

“We’re hoping to close in mid-March,” said Kim Farmer, who has owned Mim’s Market for 25 years.

The two business owners have been working to close the sale since the end of 2019. While the sale was supposed to be official today, Feb. 26, Farmer said the closure is pending state approval of the business’ liquor license transfer, which they were told would be delayed until March.

Despite this delay, word has been getting around town. Many customers have come into both stores asking about the sale, and to find out when they can say their goodbyes to Farmer. After the sale closes, Farmer said she plans to move to Portland, Maine, where her sister lives.

“People have been very sweet about it,” Farmer said.

Owning and operating the Food Mart and being the property manager of its neighboring apartments is a full-time job for James, but he says he is still looking forward to expanding. James has been the owner of the Food Mart since summer 2016.

In addition to purchasing Mim’s Market, the sale includes the apartments and laundromat located in the building at 60 Main St., James said. This means he will be the new property manager of the three apartments and laundromat.

“I feel good about it and am looking forward to when the transfer goes through,” James said.

Most, if not all, of the employees currently at Mim’s Market are likely staying on staff. He is still reviewing the full logistics of the business model, but plans to keep the sandwich deli.

“I know those are pretty popular over there,” James said.

By expanding to own Mim’s Market, James said he will be able to offer a wider variety of products between the two stores. The Northfield Food Mart typically has more grocery items, James said, for those looking to make a meal. For now, he doesn’t plan to change much about Mim’s, but he may change or add new products over time, as is normal business practice.

The company will need to conduct an inventory and have the Massachusetts State Lottery come in to conduct its own inventory of tickets. This housekeeping work may require closing for a day, but otherwise James expects a smooth transition.

“It will still be Northfield as we know it,” James said.

During a Dec. 30 Selectboard meeting, Selectboard Chair Alex Meisner and member Tracy Rogers approved the application for a transfer of the retail package store wine and malt liquor under state law. (Member Heath Cummings was absent.) The license’s transfer does not indicate intentions to increase liquor sales, James said, and is simply a required step in taking over Mim’s Market.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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