2018 Annual Guide: Eastham
A day in the life of: Sarah Wilcox, co-owner of the Eastham Superette and president of the family firm
By Deb Boucher Stetson
When an iconic local business changes hands after being in the same family for six decades, it can shake up a community. But when Sarah Wilcox and her husband, Eddie, bought the Eastham Superette five years ago, the transition was seamless, because everyone already knew Sarah—she had worked at the store for years.
Ed and Bernice Brown launched the Superette in 1952, purchasing what had been called the Barton Store on the corner of Route 6 and Samoset Road. Located across from the Eastham Town Hall and police station complex, and adjacent to the Windmill Green, the store has been a hub for Eastham, a place where people run into one another and pass the time before going home with their groceries.
One of three sons, Dave Brown came home to run the store when his parents retired, and gave Sarah, then Sarah Brookshire, her first job, working in the recycling shed behind the store, back in 1988. She continued to work there through high school and college, eventually becoming a manager.
Sarah and Eddie met at Bridgewater State College, where they both studied physical education. “We met freshman year,” Sarah recalls, adding, “He had a Cape Cod sweatshirt on,” and upon introduction, she learned he was from West Barnstable. Now married 20 years, they are partners in the store, with Eddie overseeing the bustling package store portion of the business.
“We work well together, we always have,” Sarah says. “We couldn’t do it without each other, that’s for sure.”
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