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Still On Main Street Since 1885 J.W. & D.E. Ryan Continues To Serve The Local Community

It was 1885 when this store front opened for the first time and continues to this day to serve the needs of people in the Little City and beyond
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It was 1885 when this store front opened for the first time and continues to this day to serve the needs of people in the Little City and beyond

Tuesday August 21, 2012

By Cookie Steponaitis

    Ever wonder what the Little City looked like back in the day when the streets were dirt and a hitching post was what you used to tie up your horse? If you are a history buff and have scanned some old time photos of early Vergennes life, one storefront should stand out and even though the fashions may have changed, the service and dedication to customers and quality has not. The name J.W. & D. E. Ryan has occupied a place in Vergennes business and history since 1885. Formerly known as R. Hudson the store originally handled stoves and tin wares. Continuing under the Hudson name until 1909, the arrival of two nephews with the last name Ryan gave the business its current name. With technologies changing drastically at the turn of the 20th century into the 21st century the business included plumbing and heating.

    Currently owned by Timothy C Ryan who joined the group in 1974 and purchased it in 1979, Ryan’s continues its proud tradition of being linked to the community by its employees, its service record and its education and training that has earned them their reputation in the continually changing technologies that now include solar and geothermal. Old editions of the former Vergennes paper The Enterprise and Vermonter showcase weekly ads with the business featuring staff, skills and the newest ways to serve clients.  Those same sentiments are echoed by the Ryan at the helm who expressed it this way, “It’s nice to have a family owned business to turn to where you know the money spent is staying in the community and employing local people. We are proud to be a part of this community!” Whether it is Vergennes Day or just any day, the staff at J.W. & D.E. Ryan is waiting to show you what has been the hallmarks of this business for over one hundred twenty years- service, dedication, skill and quality. Check them out on Main Street and ask for Robert Fisher, Project Manager, who has been working at J.W. & D.E. Ryan, Inc. since 1974, or Dennis Senesac, Operations Manager who joined the business in 1979 and John Emerson, Service Manager, who has been with the company since 1981.


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