TOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Families in the tiny Hampden county town of Tolland are enjoying an amenity they’ve never had before, their own food store in this community with a population of fewer than 500.
The Tolland Police Department shared the news on their Facebook page with several photos welcoming Bill and Nicky Magni’s new store. Small Town Convenience is located in the center of town at 18 Colebrook River Road, the first in Tolland’s nearly 200 year history.
The convenience store offers your everyday essentials, fresh produce, and even Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts from Southwick.
Their store has all the essentials to keep customers coming back. The Magni’s opened the store for their neighbors as well as for themselves.
“We needed a store in this town. It takes us a half an hour in either direction to get milk, eggs and bread. When you’re cooking something it’s like, oh no,” said Nicole Magni.
According to Wikipedia, Tolland has a population of 485 from the 2010 census, making it the smallest town in Hampden County by population. From the census of 2000, there were 426 people, 169 households and 114 families residing in town.
“We’re very excited because there’s no place to get milk around here, or popcorn, or that sort of thing,” said Abbey and Sam Wolcott of Tolland.
Being located in a big red barn only adds to the charm of shopping in Tolland’s very first convenience store. Relics from the past only accentuate the home atmosphere befitting the store for Tolland residents along with customers from neighboring towns in western Hampden County.
There are currently two homes for sale in Tolland.
A spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 in Granville and Tolland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pick up bags and street assignments at The Tolland Public Safety Complex. Refreshments will be available and participants are required to wear a mask.
The COVID-19 vaccines are open to Tolland residents on April 30 at Eastern State Exposition in West Springfield. To schedule an appointment visit Massachusetts Vaccine Signup or call 211.
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