Annie’s Book Stop moves to larger space in Peterborough

Debbie Colpitts stands in Annie's Book Stop on Friday. The store will be moving this week to slightly larger space down the hall in the Grove Village Shops
(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

Debbie Colpitts stands in Annie's Book Stop on Friday. The store will be moving this week to slightly larger space down the hall in the Grove Village Shops (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

PETERBOROUGH — Annie’s Book Stop, a fixture in Peterborough at several locations since 1984, will be closed this week as store owner Peter Colpitts moves his inventory down the hall to slightly larger space in the Grove Village Shops.

Colpitts, who described his inventory as “gently pre-read paperback books,” said he bought the local franchise for Annie’s Book Stop, which was once the sixth largest bookselling chain in the country, in 1984.

“Our first store was on School Street in Peterborough, opposite the movie theater,” he said. “Then we moved over to where 12 Pine is now, then into the Monadnock Shopping Village. Now we’re in the Grove Village Shops, and we’ll have a little more room.”

He said the corporate structure for Annie’s Book Stop “sort of imploded” in 1991 but there are still 35 to 40 stores using the name.

“The book selling business has gone through tremendous upheavals,” Colpitts said. “So many of the big chains have folded their tents. We’re in the doldrums right now, but a lot of businesses downtown are enduring that. It’s our conviction that it’s going to get better.”

Colpitts said the move will enable the Social Grove cafe to expand into some of the space that he will be leaving.

“It’s a win-win deal for both of us,” he said.

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