Lisbon Sparkle sold at auction Friday

Nearly 100 people gathered around the Sparkle parking lot for the auction of the five-parcel property on Friday. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

LISBON – After the local Sparkle Market was in business for 31 years, the five-parcel property formerly owned by the Hillyer Family Trust was sold at an auction on Friday hosted by Kiko Auction, where nearly 100 people were in attendance.

The property, which is a total of about 36 acres, was sold in five separate parcels. The man who bought the first parcel, which includes the building and was sold for $330,000, declined to give his name, and he said he didn’t know what he was going to do with the property.

The over 24,000 square-foot building used as a supermarket since 1968 is the highlight of parcel one. It contains a large main room with good lighting, gas furnaces, central air conditioning, offices and a restroom. It sits on three acres of land. New Firestone rubber roof was installed in 2018 with a 15-year warranty.

Parcels two, three and four, which consist of 31.68 total acres of wooded land were purchased by Jim Wallace, who just moved into town in the past few months. He said he doesn’t have any plans for the property right now, but he looks at it as more of an investment.

“We’re making this town our permanent home spot, so we’re just trying to figure out what we’re going to do long term,” Wallace said. “We’re just trying to be part of the community as well.”

Wallace bought the three parcels at a price of $5,750 per acre plus an additional 10 percent, making the total $6,325 per acre. That makes the total cost $200,376 for all three parcels.

Parcel five, which was 1.34 acres, sold for $5,000.

The Sparkle was one of three in the county operated by the Furrie and Vitullo families. The supermarket, which is located just outside village limits on state Route 45, also served as the local state liquor store. The Save A Lot in downtown Lisbon will now serve as the most accessible grocery store for village residents.


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