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What's Next for the Wilbun's Building in Appomattox?


Reporter: Sally Delta

Appomattox, VA - Folks in Appomattox are rallying around the former Wilbun's grocery store, which closed in the summer of 2010.

Through Facebook, locals are pushing to bring that building back to life. The woman who started the Facebook page Wednesday has already had a huge response with more than 700 members already liking the idea.

Inspiration can spark at any time, and for Jessica O'Brien, it was in the car.

"It just popped in my head the other day when I drove by Wilbuns, it would be the perfect place for it," she said.

It's the perfect place for a Farmers market.

"So I started the Facebook page kind of like a survey to see how many people were open to the possibility."

And people responded with their own ideas. People have suggested things like a restaurant, a bowling alley, a youth center, a movie theater or a putt putt golf.

"We're still looking for the perfect fit," said Sandy Wilbun, the owner of Wilbun's.

Sandy Wilbun and her husband have spent a year-and-a-half looking for the right buyer.

"We did have some that came. But nothing that was a fit financially for them. Or the store building was larger than they had anticipated," said Sandy Wilbun.

Realtor Ronnie Gross says he's already had a response from a mix of potential customers from lodging to restaurants.

"I am looking at a local chain that has expressed heavy interest in purchasing and opening it as a grocery store," said Ronnie Gross, from Lyons Team Realty in Moneta.

Sandy Wilbun says whatever it turns into, she hopes it brings jobs

"The more jobs we can get into our wonderful community the better."

The realtor says he feels confident that the property will move because of its location near a stop light and post office.

And though there's no official word yet on what the building will become--progress is certainly being made.

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