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Coll’s grocery to reopen in May

Jaffrey: New England Everyday Goods all moved in, in part of former farmstand space

  • New England Everyday Goods awaits the reopening of Colls farmstand at its new location in Jaffrey.
  • New England Everyday Goods awaits the reopening of Colls farmstand at its new location in Jaffrey.
  • New England Everyday Goods awaits the reopening of Colls farmstand at its new location in Jaffrey.
  • New England Everyday Goods awaits the reopening of Colls farmstand at its new location in Jaffrey.

JAFFREY — New England Everyday Goods opened the doors of its new Jaffrey location on March 5. Meanwhile, preparations for the reopening of Coll’s Farm Stand grocery store continue.

According to New England Everyday Goods owners Jim and Susan Therriault, Coll’s Farm will reopen on May 1. “That’s what Archie [Coll] said he was aiming for,” said Susan in a recent interview.

Coll’s, the family run store, originally closed its doors on June 17, 2013, after being open since 1962. It continued selling limited stores in the adjacent sugar shack. Beginning in 2008, financial hardships, dwindling profits and health problems for owner Mark Coll were the deciding factors in the store’s closing.

Before the building went to auction, the Therriaults purchased the 6,184-square-foot building and approximately 1.5 acres that it sits on in December 2013. The business and all of its inventory was on the market for $695,000.

This past winter, New England Everyday Goods moved in, closing their doors in Peterborough’s Depot Square, and the Coll family ran the sugar house next door.

Jim said the building where Coll’s store had been housed is in good repair, which made the move and transition to the new location go smoothly.

“The building just needed a little TLC and cleaning,” said Susan.

Jim, Susan, and their daughter, Hannah, repainted portions of the building themselves, adding some bright colors to the space. Coincidentally, Hannah worked at Coll’s Farm, while she was in high school.

While the Therriaults await the Coll’s return, they are refinishing what will be the farm stand portion of the space. New England Everyday Goods is currently selling fresh eggs from Coll’s Farm. Throughout the process, the Thierriault’s have maintained their wish to keep the spirit of the old farm stand alive. The new tenants realize the importance of having the Coll’s name in conjunction with their own business.

“It has to be Coll’s, this building will always be Coll’s,” said Susan. The Thierriault’s believe that the Coll’s name and reputation will help their own business thrive in its new Jaffrey location.

Although the building is clean as new, there are still signs of the old farmstand’s history. The aged wood of the old fruit display stands add character to the store, and the floor plan of the soon-to-be opened farm stand portion of the building will be familiar to anyone who frequented Coll’s in the past.

For now, customers slowly trickle in, realizing that New England Everyday Goods has successfully relocated.

“I think people are still recovering from winter,” said Jim.

Anyone interested can sign up for the store’s mailing list, which will keep customers up-to-date on the happenings of the business.

A cafe area is in the works, and will be located on the New England Everyday Goods side of the building, pending agreement with a tenant who would run it.

New England Everyday Goods carries useful and unique products that are made in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Products range from candles to gardening items and home decor.

For more information about the store, its new location, or hours of operation, call 532-8600 or visit the stores Facebook page.

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or dfisher@ledgertranscript.com.

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