After seven years, Main Street fixtur...

After seven years, Main Street fixture will close after no buye...

There are 98 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from Jul 16, 2009, titled After seven years, Main Street fixture will close after no buye.... In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

After seven years as a downtown presence, Moulton's General Store owners Mark and Catherine Moulton will close their doors next month, they confirmed Thursday.

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Irate Taxpayer

East Otis, MA

#1 Jul 17, 2009
Anyone notice that one reason given as a big cost of business is the water bill? What to hell is going on that pond water from Mt. Williams Reservoir is now so costly and what to hell is going on that no one is complaining about it? Renters should realize that the landlord passes this on to them so all are effected by this massive increase in the cost of water in the last few years.

Rensselaer, NY

#2 Jul 17, 2009
it appears things are not as positive in north adams as a certain guy in corner office would like us to believe.

Clockville, NY

#3 Jul 17, 2009
i for one love this store and a few others. but i don,t like the paying fines for parking ! you can,t spend time looking around when you hav someone watching how long you park .last time i went down street to do business at true north i found a ticket on my car i was only late by 5 minutes.who the hell wants to deal with this .i no longer go down srteet, sorry
Fred Flintstone

East Otis, MA

#4 Jul 17, 2009
Gotta love the picture of Space Man. A true North Adams classic.
Parent and Educator

Gansevoort, NY

#5 Jul 17, 2009
Space Man? I thought that was Elvis!

Houston, TX

#6 Jul 17, 2009
It's toothless Elvis, the spaceshot. Lock up your kids, and pets!!!

Clockville, NY

#7 Jul 17, 2009
Parent and Educator wrote:
Space Man? I thought that was Elvis!
Welcome to North Adams the valley of death.That is the way the king want,s it

Since: Mar 08

Clockville, NY

#8 Jul 17, 2009
Very sad. Another small business bites the dust in North Adams.

I admire the fact; they stuck it out for as long as they have.

It is not an easy feat anywhere, but particularly bad in North Adams. In fact it is almost impossible. The ones that try, must be commended.

Mass Moca was to bring millions of additional revenue annually, instead they take. A cozy little compound in North Adams

Coming here is like walking in the twilight zone. It is really rather strange,"RMV downtown for foot traffic".

Next problem for small business owners is all the expenses, and they are never-ending. If you own the property you pay some of the highest commercial property taxes around. Then all those little extra's the city demands.

If you don't own it you are at the mercy of the landlord. This guy is notorious for raising the rent. He owns most of downtown.


Sadly, it is who you know in North Adams. You're only a slum-lord if the little guy doesn't like you.

I wish you the very best in your next endeavor.

Gansevoort, NY

#9 Jul 17, 2009
The Moultons have done their best to support the city downtown for a long time.

They did hit the nail on the head though. We have a Wal-Mart mentality. Cheap is what we want. Not quality. Cheap. We'd rather have to buy the same thing over and over, even if it breaks, than buy a quality item once.

Hizzoner can claim MoCA brought in jobs, but the high paying ones don't live in or shop in North Adams.

Boston, MA

#10 Jul 17, 2009
if moulton, a supporter of alcombright, thought for a moment that dick was the 'saver' of the city he would have stuck it out until after the election.

the truth is small businesses go out of business all the time. the 6 haters will continue to bash the mayor, but they know. THEY KNOW the truth.

truthsayer.. HAA.

What is really sad, is people like takecare (unemployed) and truthsayer (also unemployed) have a lot to say, yet would never spend a dime in that store to help out.

Clockville, NY

#11 Jul 17, 2009
Glenn will soon be writing an editorial telling us that the Moulton's are playing "politics" by closing rather than toughing it out until they found a buyer.

United States

#12 Jul 17, 2009
the store was nice, my wife always went in there...BUT all the stuff was over priced stuff from china
we the people

Easthampton, MA

#13 Jul 17, 2009
Truthsayer and Takecare--you've said it all---well almost--we're sure the honorable mayor will have a few enlightening words regarding this--like, " Wait until you see what I have planned for that space now that the Moultons are gone. THat was part of the plan all along--get rid of all shops and cafes'(especially those that support Alcombright) and turn downtown into a Disney World. I already have been in negotiations with several interested parties and I'll be discussing these options with the Council soon!" We're surprised that he didn't have a comment in the initial article already, he usually does. Which brings up another topic--the Transcript--the voice of the people--If all supporters of 'The Other' candidate are fed up with the one way sentiment of our local paper(and those supporters are already into the 3000 range) then do something about it----Stop the Press----Stop buying the Transcript- Stop your subcriptions--Stop advertising in the Transcript-Stop bending down at Cumbys' and picking up and paying for a political pamphlet--like Truthsayer said--it's all about money--so tell your friends-neighbors-family-Stop buying into a paper that is so predictable in its reporting--6 months before a major election, it has already endorsed its man--and gives him all the free space he wants--Alcombright has to pay dearly for his--Freedom of the Press means they print both sides to stories and do investigative reporting and print their findings thus allowing the public a complete view of issues--and lately there are many that need reporting---that council meeting was _____I don't really know what it was--but it sure was something! "I don't have to prove anything." Who is he working for? NOt you that's for sure!
G Wiz

Alton, NH

#14 Jul 17, 2009
resident wrote:
it appears things are not as positive in north adams as a certain guy in corner office would like us to believe.
The mayor doesn't run the business for them. Always easier to blame someone else for failures.
G Wiz

Alton, NH

#15 Jul 17, 2009
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>Welcome to North Adams the valley of death.That is the way the king want,s it
Yeah right! Just what a mayor of a city loves business's going out of buisness. What a putz.
G Wiz

Alton, NH

#16 Jul 17, 2009
lolz wrote:
the store was nice, my wife always went in there...BUT all the stuff was over priced stuff from china
Over pricing in any area will be the kiss of death! Our business experts on here for got Bus.101.
fine whine

Pittsfield, MA

#18 Jul 17, 2009
hey moulton's, i suppose david carver, mass moca, taxes, water bills, transient ice cream vendors and the mayor were also responsible for that miserable failure known as moulton's pizzaria? you know, that place on the corner of main & eagle that, when you owned and operated it, was a horrific excuse for pizza. everything about that place was lousey and consumers told you so by patronizing alternative pizza shops. such is life in a competitive world. as you know, if your product & service is good and priced accordingly you will succeed. if not, you adapt or close the doors. and when you do, don't point fingers at others for your failed venture. you sound like a cry baby.

btw, mass moca ALWAYS had plans for shops and restaurants. seems to me when you opened your store you would have known that and factored it into your plans and product mix. also, i don't buy your excuse about an occasional seasonal vendor on main st. selling ice cream as a reason for your inability to compete. perhaps your brother, city councilor robert moulton, jr. should have the ordinance changed about one day licenses. next thing you know we'll be hearing whines from you about wal-mart selling reading glasses. how about a little accountabilty for your failure to make a go of it?

also, nice slap at the citizens of north adams with that wal-mart mentality comment. again, if your store had something to offer we would have shopped there more often. are we obligated to spend our hard earned dollars in your store just because it's there? i don't think you would pay more for a similar item when you can can get else where for less would you?

good luck in your next venture and i promise to support you if it provides me with good products and reliable service at a fair price. simple as that.

Old Geezer

Williamstown, MA

#19 Jul 17, 2009
Those sisters did a heck of a job. I told the one of them if they came with the place and I wasnt so damn old Id buy it just to keep the girls there. Lovely beautiful and kind even when they were being hollared at about those old bills. If you dont have a kind word dont say any words at all. Good luck to you girls. Youll be missed by so many people. What a sad looking main st we have now.
Moulton takers

Albany, NY

#20 Jul 17, 2009
Moulton's don't have any problem with business at the Spectacle Shop do they. No problem having the taxpayer pay for their new store front. They are terrible business people and the only reason the Spectacle Shop does well is there father built it for them. Why did his sister in law move out, please tell us Marky. This community has been good to the Moulton family and for him to make comments like this about North Adams is wrong. By the way, how can you serve on the school committee and at the same time send your kids to a private school?
time for change

Easthampton, MA

#21 Jul 17, 2009
Yes, there stuff was always over priced. There was never a happy medium with the things they sold. Mostly everyone went there to buy scratch tickets and get a cup of coffee. Thats what this town is.... nothing great. Spend all of our money hoping one day to become rich.

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