August 2009

Eric Herbert announced that he has purchased Vermont Panurgy from Diane Kerbaugh. Since March 1, when the business changed hands, Herbert has increased the staff by 20 percent. The company’s core business — providing comprehensive, business-focused IT solutions such as training; network design, integration, and support; hardware and software sales; and website and database development — remains the same.

Broker Esther Lotz announced that Urban Dance Complex North leased space for a second dance studio at 154 Brentwood Drive, Unit 3, in Colchester. The landlord is Plan B Properties LLC. Urban Dance is the largest dance studio in Vermont.

MyWebGrocer, a Colchester digital services provider for retail grocers, announced it has opened a Midwest office in Minnetonka, Minn., to meet expanding consumer demand. Helen Earling was promoted to lead the team.

The law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP announced an expansion of its Burlington office. The 1,000-square-foot addition will include offices for three lawyers and additional staff, plus amenities to support the firm’s growing mediation practice. The space was designed by Scott + Partners Architects of Essex Junction. Farrington Construction of Shelburne is the contractor.

Dave Mount, chairman of the Mount Family Group Ltd. of Burlington, the operator of nine Westaff offices in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, announced the acquisition of three offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, bringing the total number of offices to 12. The seller is the Koosharem Corp., owner of Westaff and of Select and Remedy Staffing Services. The three offices are in Leominster and Billerica, Mass., and Providence, R.I. The aim is to offer clients a region-wide service, said James Mount, chief operating officer.

Ross S. Montgomery (left) of Redstone leased 1,100 square feet to Dr. David Pierson and his wife, Jane Melrose, in Shelburne Commons, 4066 Shelburne Road, Shelburne. They moved their chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy practice from their home to the new space.

The Jupiter Group LLC, d/b/a/ Liberty Quest Financial, signed a lease for 2,200 square feet at 30 Kimball Ave., in South Burlington. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial represented the landlord, Kimball Partners LLC, and Meg McGovern of Donahue & Associates represented the tenant.

Broker Esther Lotz announced that Essex Manufacturing Inc. leased space at 34 Park St., Suite 2B, in Essex Junction from McEwing Properties LLC.

Steve Bartlett leased two small office spaces at 156 Battery St. in Burlington from Champlain Commercial Properties Investment Group. Greg Dirmaier of J.L. Davis Realty was the listing and leasing agent.

Bill Shearer has acquired Lewis Motors, adding three brands — Acura, Audi, and Volkswagen — to the Shearer family of dealerships in Vermont. Lewis Motors’ current location on Shelburne Road in South Burlington will be retained, but Shearer expects each brand to eventually have its own dealership identity: Shearer Acura, Audi South Burlington, and Volkswagen South Burlington. Shearer also operates Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington, Shearer Honda in Rutland, and Shearer Buick GMC Cadillac in South Burlington. Direct Autobody, a state-of-the-art collision facility, opened in South Burlington in 2008. With the acquisition, the businesses will employ a total of 200 people.

Happy Trails will operate a Life is Good licensed store in 1,500 square feet at 61 Church St. in Burlington. Tony Blake of V/T Commercial represented the landlord, Dot Real Estate, and Yves Bradley of Pomerleau Real Estate represented the tenant.

Broker Esther Lotz announced that Future Floors Inc. leased space at 856 Hercules Drive, Suite 10, Colchester. It will be home to Chittenden County’s first resource library specializing in green products for architects, designers, and the professional construction industry. The landlord is Tri-D Associates II FLP. •

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