East Hampton’s iconic Springs General Store hits the market at $3M

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The 175-year-old Springs General Store in East Hampton is once again on the market for $2.9 million, the Independent reported. The longtime East End institution is still running as a grocery store, but also has a two-bedroom upstairs apartment with one-and-a-half bathrooms. The 1.3-acre property at 29 Old Stone Highway comes with a detached two-car garage and some vintage gas pumps no longer in use. The building was built in 1844 as a post office, according to the store’s history. Dan Miller owned the building from the 1940s to 1970. During his tenure, the painter Jackson Pollock once settled his grocery tab by giving the store one of his works (it now hangs in the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, but the shop does display a poster of it), according to the New York Times. Pollock was killed in a 1956 car accident not far from the store. In 2003, Kristi Hood took over the store, which is leased from the building’s current owners, who took control of the property in 2015 after the previous landlord was unable to come to an agreement with Hood about a new rent. News reports about the store hitting the market have not said why its current owners, who reportedly paid $2 million for the property four years ago, now want to part ways with it. Tina Plesset and the husband-and-wife team of Phelan and Kammy Wolf at Sotheby’s International Realty have the listing. [The Independent]

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