The historic Philomont General Store is under new local ownership.
Local residents Drew and Brandi Bishop purchased the rural Loudoun staple from Mark and Madeline Skinner on Aug. 1. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
The Skinners owned the Philomont General Store for the past 15 years.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Drew and Brandi Bishop have purchased the current business along with the historic 1913 building, continuing a tradition going back over 100 years,” Madeline Skinner said in announcing the deal. “The Bishops are regular customers, and when we announced the sale through our broker, they were the perfect fit among the many options.”
Drew Bishop is a Naval Academy graduate who works in the technology industry, and Brandi Bishop is a former school teacher and avid equestrian. The husband and wife are active members of the community along with their two young children, Grayson and Evelyn.
“Philomont is our home,” said Drew Bishop. “We were both raised on farms in small, close-knit communities and even have familial ties to the general store operation. When the opportunity arose, Brandi and I knew we could do something we love while serving our community.”
Drew Bishop told the Times-Mirror the store is “a building seemingly capable of telling its own stories.” The business he envisions features “a staff who is as warm and welcoming as the shade-filled porch, a selection of goods and wares that are both reminiscent and refreshing.”
The Philomont General Store sits at the crossroads of the historic Snickersville Turnpike and Jeb Stuart Road. It has long been a hub for local shoppers, day workers and weekenders. Operating a U.S. Post Office since 1941, the shop is known for its inviting front-porch benches, array of grocery and deli items, local goods and a wide selection of wine, beer, gourmet foods and gifts.
Most of the store's original features and fixtures are still intact, according to the new and previous owners.
“Madeline and Mark have been such wonderful stewards of the store, and they – along with the entire community – have been so welcoming and supportive as we assume this exciting responsibility,” Brandi Bishop said. “We see no reason why the Philomont General Store should not remain the heartbeat of this community for another century, as we are eager to blend in a bit of our vision without losing the past.”
Gloria Rose Ott, the vice president of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty who handled the transaction, said the sale was highly competitive.
“My phone and email began to buzz in the first hour of listing the property,” Ott said. “The inquiries remained constant until the day of settlement, so my colleague Francie Baroody and I were kept busy.”
Drew Bishop added, “At this time, our primary focus is to ensure we continue to provide the great service and offerings our customers have come to expect.
“While we do have some ideas we are excited about, our current focus is to increase our understanding of the business and ensure its future is consistent with the interests of our community,” he said. “Without compromise, any potential enhancements will be historically sensitive and will maintain the charm of this very special place.”