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EMS: No plan to leave town

Company may opt to leave current site

PETERBOROUGH — With its former distribution center and warehouse space now vacant, officials of Eastern Mountain Sports are considering what they should do with their 100,000 square foot building on Vose Farm Road. But they say they have no plans to close their retail store or to leave Peterborough.

“We’re committed to Peterborough,” said Sarah Murphy, the chief marketing officer of the Vestis Retail Group, which consists of EMS and the Bob’s Stores retail chain and is based in Meriden, Conn., in a phone interview Tuesday. “The store is our flagship store. We will absolutely look to keep the store in Peterborough. It’s a destination store for our customers.”

Murphy said the EMS call center, product design and marketing functions being handled in Peterborough are expected to remain in town as well. The company now employs 110 people in Peterborough.

In April, about 110 workers lost jobs when the EMS distribution facility in Peterborough was closed. That took place four months after EMS was purchased by Versa Capital Management LLC, a Philadelphia company. Vestis Retail Group is a division of Versa Capital Management, and the distribution functions were consolidated at a Bob’s Stores facility in Connecticut.

Murphy said the EMS building on Vose Farm Road is not on the market.

“We are considering what we should do with the building,” she said. “It’s too large for our needs now.”

She said Vestis Chief Operating Officer Mark Walsh recently held what she called a town hall meeting with EMS staff, where the future of the building was one of the topics discussed.

“It’s obvious that there’s a lot of empty space,” Murphy said. “Do we carve it up and sublet? I think the thought is that if a buyer did come forward, we’d be looking to rent in Peterborough.”

Murphy said there is no timetable for making on decision on the future of the building.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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