Mountain Goat Closing Stores

Hanover — The Mountain Goat, an outdoor gear, clothing and travel accessory business in the South Block on Main Street, closed yesterday after almost five years of operation.

Co-owners Mary Colwell and her husband, A.J. LaFleur, opened the Hanover store in August 2008. Their other Mountain Goat store, in North Hampton, Mass., also closed yesterday after nearly 24 years in business.

Colwell said Friday the stores could not compete with Internet retailers, big-box stores and warmer winters. In a text message Friday night, Colwell thanked customers and employees and wrote: “The time has come for us to move on. We feel privileged and grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful and vibrant community these many years.”

Colwell and La­Fleur purchased the North Hampton space in 2004 for $950,000, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported. When that store opened in 1989, it was partially owned by Sally Mole and Sandy Kelly, who owned stores by the same name in Williamstown, Mass., and in Manchester, Vt.

Colwell said Mole and Kelly no longer have any interest in the Northampton store.


Letter: Challenges of Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

To the Editor: The closing of The Mountain Goat came as a shock. The reaction of all of you who stopped by during our last days in business softened our shock, as we shared our disappointment together. When I moved to Hanover two years ago, I immediately remarked upon how nice the people of the Upper Valley are. So many …