Listen Community Services to Buy Bridgman’s Store on Lebanon’s Miracle Mile

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Lebanon — In a major expansion of thrift store space, Listen Community Services is acquiring the Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings building on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon, the two organizations told the Valley News this week.

Bridgman’s owners Steve Rutledge and Dan Rutledge have agreed to sell the 32,000-square foot building that has been home to the 125-year old family furniture business, which will wind down during a “phased arrangement” transition period as Listen remakes the Route 4 building into its flagship store and staff headquarters.

Kyle Fisher, executive director of Listen, said the agreement to purchase the Bridgman’s building satisfies the nonprofit’s longterm strategic plan to gain more space for donations of clothing and furniture and to improve parking for customers.

To finance the purchase, Fisher said the organization plans to sell its downtown Lebanon store and headquarters on Hanover Street and its furniture store in White River Junction on North Main Street in addition to raising funds through donations.

Listen’s recently built Bourne Center in White River Junction and its Canaan store will remain in place.

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