John Piercy was the founder of a store that dealt in groceries, dry goods and general supplies. When John and family moved to British Columbia around 1875, the store was sold. In 1877, it opened in the name of James Coburn and Son. The store continued to sell sold dry goods and groceries. In 1890, James Coburn passed the store down to his son, G. Wesley Coburn who ran it for the next 64 years. They had an extensive trade in farm and household supplies. During its history, the store burnt down twice. The current building located on Route 3 in Harvey, York County, New Brunswick, is the third building, built after the fire of 1947.

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