By DUSTEN RADER
For the Recorder
NORTHVILLE — The Northville 5-10-25 Cent Store has been honored with a state historical marker indicating it is the oldest operating 5 and 10 cent store in the nation.
Founded in 1907 as R.G. Dewitt and Co. General Store, the Northville 5-10-25 has been in operation in some shape or form since. In 1914, the store moved to the Willard Building. In 1931, the store merged with J.J. Newberry Co. and in 1997 it became the Northville 5-10-25 Cent Store.
According to owner Brian Correll, the designation is wonderful thing for Northville.
“This being oldest five and dime in the United States is going to be a great thing for the village of Northville — it is time that it has its recognition that it is due,” Correll said. “Northville is a great place to live and a special place to visit. All of us at the five and dime are proud to be a part of this. “
Correll noted that Northville Historian Gail Cramer deserved special recognition because the dedication would not have happened without her, he said.
Correll also pointed out that he has plans to expand the store into the second floor of the building. He also said he purchased the building next door, which he has big plans for. He said he would like to have some sort of cafe and a hobby and craft store as well as a space for events.
The designation was made possible through a grant by the William C. Pomeroy Foundation.
The store is at 122 S. Main St. in Northville. For more information, call 518-863-4424.