Jaffrey / Peterborough

Retail stores on the move

New England Every Day Goods is planning to open a portion of its new Jaffrey retail location in March, to coincide with the maple sugaring season, according to proprietor Jim Therriault.

“The Coll family still has their sugarhouse on the adjacent property to ours and I know that’s a popular attraction. We want to capitalize on the traffic coming through during the sugaring season,” said Therriault in an interview Friday.

The building, once home to Coll’s Farm Stand, was purchased by Therriault in December 2013.

The Coll family will continue to be involved with the property, planning to reopen the family farm stand in conjunction with New England Every Day Goods, which is relocating from downtown Peterborough to the building where the Coll’s Farm Stand grocery store and deli used to operate. “Archie Coll said that his son, David, had interest in reopening the farm stand,” said Therriault. “We told the family we have interest in having the farm stand in the same building.” The two parties are continuing to iron out financial details of the agreement, according to Therriault.

“No matter what we do with this building, it’s always going to be known as Coll’s Farm Stand. We’re perfectly fine with that,” he said. Therriault added that he would not have pursued the opportunity if he couldn’t have latched on to the [Coll] legacy. “Having them in here running their business is essential to our success.”

According to Therriault, the new building will provide an additional 300 to 400 square feet of retail space over their old Depot Square location. “What we are really gaining is a lot of back office and storage area, which will certainly make conducting business a lot easier.”

As for the vacant Depot Square location, New England Art Exchange gallery will be filling the space. Sy Gregg, one of the owner’s of the Depot Square buildings, said he was “glad the business is moving to Peterborough.” The space was a gallery before [New England Every Day Goods] and was originally built to be a gallery.”

Ken Spector, a retired Keene State College art professor who has been in the art business for 20 years, is the owner of the New England Art Exchange. His business, which sells fine art and print restorations, will move from its Keene location, it is hoped, in April.

Currently, most of the business is done online, but Spector hopes the new location will encourage in-store retail. “It’s more fun when someone comes in and talks,” he said.

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