The store will close May 1. Gosson sold the property to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The department plans to demolish the building.
Gosson first decided to close six weeks ago and feels blown away by how fast everything has changed.
“I guess I’ve known since probably the end of January-February, so I’ve toyed with the idea for a little while,” she says.
Once the business shuts down, Gosson will move to Yarmouth to be with her children and grandchildren and to take some much needed time for herself.
Despite the time and energy Gosson has invested in the store over the years, she feels it was a dream to own. She calls herself a people person and says she's always loved interacting with customers. Born in Plympton, the store was as much a part of her life as it was the rest of the community’s.
“I totally enjoy it, completely – I love it. It’s what I was meant to do, I am sure,” she says.
The store is but one of many different jobs Gosson has had over the years. In no particular order, Gosson has owned another business, taught asset management, sold shoes, worked in a fish plant, made pizzas and worked for Canada Post - a job she will continue in Yarmouth.
After years of hard work, she is taking the summer off to get back to the simpler things life has to offer, such as her cross-stitch obsession.
“I’m going to relax for a little bit, which I haven’t had much chance to do over the past few years,” she says.
Deciding to sell the store was no easy decision for Gosson, who says it was “bittersweet” at first.
“It’s my community store, and it’s been here all my life. I toyed with ‘do I really want to do this,’ and ‘am I letting my community down?’,” she says.
“But the more I thought about it, I got excited about being able to spend time with my family – a chance I haven’t had for so many years. And let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger.”
Gosson hopes the change will help boost business for other community convenience stores in the area.
She is looking forward to taking her next steps, wherever they may lead her.
“Maybe this is my opportunity to move on. I’m going to take this chance for myself,” she said.