Woodman’s Florist to move out of Peterborough, for now 

  • Woodman's Florist tax card

  • Stephen Palmer is relocating Woodman’s Florist to Milford from Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Woodman's Florist is relocating from its Peterborough storefront. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Woodman's Florist is relocating from its Peterborough storefront. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Longtime Peterborough flower shop Woodman's Florist on Route 202/Concord Street is closing by the end of the month to relocate to the Milford location and with hopes they can reopen the Peterborough flower shop in downtown Peterborough after the Main Street Bridge project is completed.  Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Longtime Peterborough flower shop Woodman's Florist on Route 202/Concord Street is closing by the end of the month to relocate to the Milford location and with hopes they can reopen the Peterborough flower shop in downtown Peterborough after the Main Street Bridge project is completed.  Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

Monandock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/15/2019 10:58:16 AM

Woodman’s Florist on Route 202/Concord Street in Peterborough is closing at the end of the month to make way for a proposed housing project.

Owner Stephen K. Palmer said Monday he hopes to reopen a downtown location after the Main Street Bridge project is completed, but for now plans to relocate his business to the Milford location, owned by his sister Betsy Palmer Deasy.

“The timing is perfect,” Palmer said at his florist shop Monday in between flower delivery runs. “I’m going to get rid of it while I can,” he said of the more than six acres of land he owns on Concord Street.

The family-owned business was originally started in Milford by Rodney C. Woodman 109 years ago. Woodman’s is relocating to that location, Rodney C. Woodman’s Florist on Nashua Street in Milford, at least temporarily as of Feb. 1, Palmer and Deasy said in a letter to customers.

“Rodney C. Woodman started his flower business in Milford in 1910 and it is still owned by a 3rd generation family member. We think he would be very proud and excited, to know that the service his business has provided will continue on,” the letter reads. “The Milford location will be delivering to the following locations on a daily basis: Peterborough, Temple, Sharon, New Ipswich, Greenville, Greenfield, and Francestown. There will be limited service to Dublin and Hancock.”

While customers will not be able to walk into a Peterborough shop and buy a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day, all of the phone numbers for ordering flowers to be delivered will remain the same, Palmer said, so customers who don’t order flowers in person will not be affected by the relocation.

Palmer, who took over the Peterborough location from his uncle about 40 years ago, said he believes the Peterborough location has been there since the 1920s. Before that, Woodman’s delivered to the area by train.

“My grandfather, Rodney Woodman, he first started delivering flowers in Peterborough by train. He would put the flowers on the train in East Milford and then they would come up here to Bennington and Peterborough and Jaffrey and the mailman would pick the flowers up off the train and then give them to the correct people to deliver them and then they would be delivered by the postal service,” Palmer said.

Palmer said it is time for a change and the Route 202/Concord Street location is a commercial operation located in a residential part of town. He added he also has more than 6 acres of land between the business lot and an abutting residential property, but has been unable to utilize the land.

“I’m going to be 68 years old,” he said. “I’ve got six-and-a-half acres here and I’ve tried to do things here in the past, and they wouldn’t let me.”

Palmer said he will be helping out his sister in Milford for the big florist events of the year such as Valentine’s Day and plans to spend several week clearing out the Peterborough flower shop and green house.

Woodman’s Florist employs six people. Palmer said he is not sure how it is going to work out, and said it is not entirely up to him, but said he believes a driver and at least one shop clerk will be able to find a new job at the Milford location.

Palmer said his flower shop doesn’t need six acres and thinks the housing is needed in Peterborough.

“I see the need for lower taxes,” he said.

In June, EAM Peterborough Holdings LLC bought the Woodman’s property, 69 Concord Street, as well as the abutting property, 75 Concord Street, from the Stephen K. Palmer Trust for $450,000, according to town property records.

This fall EAM Peterborough Holdings presented a plan for a possible 20-unit subdivision on the two lots, which are located in the General Residence District, to the Peterborough Planning Board. A conceptual hearing is a non-binding consultation with the Planning Board in order for the board to give input and advice before an application is filed.

Chad Branon, a civil engineer from Fieldstone Land Consultants in Milford, spoke on behalf of the potential applicant. According to meeting minutes, Branon said the plan is to redevelop the site, building 20 units – 12 single-family houses and 4 duplexes – and said the units would range in square footage from 920 to 1,150 square feet.

On Monday, Peterborough community development director Peter Throop said he is expecting an application on the project, but has not yet received one.


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