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.