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July 27. 2011 10:44PM

Nashua's Building 19 closing end of August

NASHUA — Building 19 is leaving Nashua after calling it home for about 16 years.

Employees were given word on Monday that the Amherst Street location would close its doors at the end of August. About 28 people work in the store.

“We couldn't reach an agreement on the lease,” said Store Manager Paul Kane.

Kane said he's hopeful that a new location will be found nearby, but he hasn't received any official word of that happening.

Jerry Ellis, owner of Building 19, said he hates to give up the location. The lease expired in January, Ellis said, and months of negotiation haven't brought an agreement.

“It's sad, we have terrific people working there,” Ellis said.

The company will do the best it can to move employees to other stores if possible, Ellis said, but at this point he doesn't know how many employees he could transfer, if any. He also couldn't say if a new location nearby is in the cards.

The Nashua location's official name is Building 19 1/15, because it was the company's 15th store, Ellis said. Adding fractions to the names is a tradition the chain started almost 50 years ago when it opened its first locations, Ellis said.

The company posted a notice on its website announcing the closure and thanking the Nashua employees for their hard work and dedication. It includes thanks its many Nashua customers.

A clearance on select merchandise at the Nashua location starts Saturday, July 30.

The first Building 19 store opened in Hingham, Mass., in 1962. Its headquarters remain there.

Building 19, known for selling “good stuff cheap” has 13 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, including a store in Manchester.

It's known for its humorous advertising and deeply discounted prices, often on factory irregular merchandise.



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