Building supplier leaving Fitchburg - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 74 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Apr 11, 2009, titled Building supplier leaving Fitchburg - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

David M. Pelletier, president of Pelletier's Building Supply Co., Inc., said his Fitchburg store is a victim of the economy.

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#1 Apr 11, 2009
It's too bad, but it seems companies are leaving Fitchburg in droves. In the last month or so Save-A-Lot grocery store, Blockbuster Video, Capri Jewelers and now Pelletier's have closed taking jobs and tax revenue out of the city. John Fitch Highway is starting to look like ghost town with all the empty store fronts. Hopefully things will start to change soon.
Ray B

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#2 Apr 11, 2009
This store is a victim of poor management and lack of stock. For years this store did not have even the basic supplies for the homeowner. You would think he would try to be more competitive. I guess that would have meant too much work.
NO WORK

Belmont, MA

#3 Apr 11, 2009
The photo studio on main st closed also. The city charter needs to be changed and abolish the Mayor position and install a city manager. In an attempt to restore Fitchburg to a small percentage of what it was. Not someone who lets their neighbor use a lawn mower and gets a vote .
Fitchburg Resident

Westminster, MA

#4 Apr 11, 2009
The photo studio didn't close, it moved to South St...
Ray B

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#5 Apr 11, 2009
NO WORK wrote:
The photo studio on main st closed also. The city charter needs to be changed and abolish the Mayor position and install a city manager. In an attempt to restore Fitchburg to a small percentage of what it was. Not someone who lets their neighbor use a lawn mower and gets a vote .
Wake up, she is a "manager". That is exactly what she is trying to do..."manage" a city that has been "mismanaged" by Mylott and the city council. It is an unbelieveable task with so many nay sayers and good ol boys still left to screw things up.
As far as all you complainers go, you want it all but are not willing to pay for it. Grow up!
Jamie

Leominster, MA

#6 Apr 11, 2009
Ray B wrote:
This store is a victim of poor management and lack of stock. For years this store did not have even the basic supplies for the homeowner. You would think he would try to be more competitive. I guess that would have meant too much work.
Hey Ray, poor management? over 70 yrs in business, they had to be doing something right. I'm sure the economy had little to do with this right. Maybe they should have hired you as a manager --- you sound like quite a "tool" . Hey Dave good luck
turg

Middleboro, MA

#8 Apr 11, 2009
JR Photo in the Parkhill Plaza is closing after 20 years of business. Jim Richard we still be the areas premier wedding photographer and sports league photographer. He will no longer have a walk in business.
DJB

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Apr 11, 2009
Ted Desalvo wrote:
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Dont forget Gamarches, they're closing too.
They're not closing, the owner is trying to sell the business complete.
turg

Middleboro, MA

#10 Apr 11, 2009
Ray B wrote:
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Wake up, she is a "manager". That is exactly what she is trying to do..."manage" a city that has been "mismanaged" by Mylott and the city council. It is an unbelieveable task with so many nay sayers and good ol boys still left to **** things up.
As far as all you complainers go, you want it all but are not willing to pay for it. Grow up!
She is not a city manager and admits to that. A city manager can be held liable for finances. A mayor cannot and is considered just a welcome and greeting person for the city. Mayor wong stated that was one of the problems with Fitchburg all these years and we should have a City Manager.
dino

Leominster, MA

#11 Apr 11, 2009
We are now going after the Art Longjo Bike race to bring it to Leominster
Local resident

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#12 Apr 11, 2009
"Ward 1 Councilor David Clark, who represents the Water Street area, said local construction businesses have been hurt by big-box chain stores such as Home Depot and Lowes."

What an absurd comment with no facts behind it. Home Depoot has been in business for over 10 years now, and the new Lowes isn't exactly setting the world on fire.

Only one hardware store went out of business in Leominster (Paul's) when Home Depot opened, but that was a whole different story why.

People have to realize that not only the economy, but location has a lot to do with Fitchburg business' woes. It's a b*tch to get anywhere in Fitchburg from the highway, and this will always be a problem.

Years ago I remember seeing a concept of a "Fitchburg Connector", start at Rt. 2 leominster, blow thru the Bike shop at the end of Airport Road with a new on/off ramp, Airport road to the end, blow thru the car wash - Now the Falls at Arden Mills, follow the Nashua river and under the 5th st. bridge, and end up in Downtown Fitchburg right at the Mart/train station. there would be your access, which would have helped business, commuters, the downtown, etc.. But officials in Boston turned it down because ALL federal $ was going to the big dig.

Ah what could have been....
turg

Middleboro, MA

#13 Apr 11, 2009
Leominster can have it. They lost businesses more than Fitchburg. Searstown is empty. Restaurants are closing. More crime in Leominster than Fitchburg. More money in Leominster for the drug trade. The gangs are even stating if you don't reside from Leominster you must be a low class Fitchburg member. Losing everything in Fitchburg we will become a quiet community. Just see what Leominster will be like within 5 years.

“forever learning”

Since: Mar 09

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Apr 11, 2009
Local resident wrote:
"Ward 1 Councilor David Clark, who represents the Water Street area, said local construction businesses have been hurt by big-box chain stores such as Home Depot and Lowes."
What an absurd comment with no facts behind it. Home Depoot has been in business for over 10 years now, and the new Lowes isn't exactly setting the world on fire.
Only one hardware store went out of business in Leominster (Paul's) when Home Depot opened, but that was a whole different story why.
People have to realize that not only the economy, but location has a lot to do with Fitchburg business' woes. It's a **** to get anywhere in Fitchburg from the highway, and this will always be a problem.
Years ago I remember seeing a concept of a "Fitchburg Connector", start at Rt. 2 leominster, blow thru the Bike shop at the end of Airport Road with a new on/off ramp, Airport road to the end, blow thru the car wash - Now the Falls at Arden Mills, follow the Nashua river and under the 5th st. bridge, and end up in Downtown Fitchburg right at the Mart/train station. there would be your access, which would have helped business, commuters, the downtown, etc.. But officials in Boston turned it down because ALL federal $ was going to the big dig.
Ah what could have been....
I still say the extension of I-190 would suffice in this respect. There is still time. There have got to be funds out there for a project such as this...

I need some direction, but I think this is important enough for the area that I would happily take the lead. Where would one start for such a proposal? Since it's supposedly an interstate road, does this fall under federal jurisdiction?
Marc

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Apr 11, 2009
This AOL wongie is a piece of work. Wong is not a manager. She has no experience whatsoever. Stop blaming others for her lack of maturity and work experience. Let me say this again, Wong is here only for one thing and one thing only, to use Fitchburg as a stepping stone.
steppin stone

Belmont, MA

#16 Apr 11, 2009
Marc wrote:
This AOL wongie is a piece of work. Wong is not a manager. She has no experience whatsoever. Stop blaming others for her lack of maturity and work experience. Let me say this again, Wong is here only for one thing and one thing only, to use Fitchburg as a stepping stone.
well why doesn't she step already and leave us poor folks alone
JustSayin

Sterling, MA

#17 Apr 11, 2009
NO WORK wrote:
The photo studio on main st closed also. The city charter needs to be changed and abolish the Mayor position and install a city manager. In an attempt to restore Fitchburg to a small percentage of what it was. Not someone who lets their neighbor use a lawn mower and gets a vote .
As a opposed to some one who fitted you for a suit? Or grows corn?
JustSayin

Sterling, MA

#18 Apr 11, 2009
Local resident wrote:
"Ward 1 Councilor David Clark, who represents the Water Street area, said local construction businesses have been hurt by big-box chain stores such as Home Depot and Lowes."
What an absurd comment with no facts behind it. Home Depoot has been in business for over 10 years now, and the new Lowes isn't exactly setting the world on fire.
Only one hardware store went out of business in Leominster (Paul's) when Home Depot opened, but that was a whole different story why.
People have to realize that not only the economy, but location has a lot to do with Fitchburg business' woes. It's a **** to get anywhere in Fitchburg from the highway, and this will always be a problem.
Years ago I remember seeing a concept of a "Fitchburg Connector", start at Rt. 2 leominster, blow thru the Bike shop at the end of Airport Road with a new on/off ramp, Airport road to the end, blow thru the car wash - Now the Falls at Arden Mills, follow the Nashua river and under the 5th st. bridge, and end up in Downtown Fitchburg right at the Mart/train station. there would be your access, which would have helped business, commuters, the downtown, etc.. But officials in Boston turned it down because ALL federal $ was going to the big dig.
Ah what could have been....
This is clearly the solution. This has always been the solution. Now we need the political will to do it.(Instead of widening Route 12, what a joke that was!)

Since: Mar 08

Monomoy Island, MA

#19 Apr 11, 2009
Home Depot & Lowes are also partly to blame, having killed off most of the hardware stores in the area.
Are you serious

Saco, ME

#20 Apr 11, 2009
turg wrote:
Leominster can have it. They lost businesses more than Fitchburg. Searstown is empty. Restaurants are closing. More crime in Leominster than Fitchburg. More money in Leominster for the drug trade. The gangs are even stating if you don't reside from Leominster you must be a low class Fitchburg member. Losing everything in Fitchburg we will become a quiet community. Just see what Leominster will be like within 5 years.
What are you smoking you moron? LEominster and Fitchburg should never be compaired to one another unless your a loser talking about your high school football glory days. If the mall loses store due to the economy it won't force Leominster to lay off half its cops and firefighter, as well as an arse load of teachers. Why? Because we actually have intelligent individuals running our city; unlike fitchburg over the past 8 years. I give Wong credit though, cause if Donnelly won you would be so much better off (probably in recievership months ago!) Seriously, in five years I hope you had the chance to recieve your GED and get a job at one of the many fine businesses that Fitchburg will still have open!
Local resident

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#21 Apr 11, 2009
Ken Burgess wrote:
Home Depot & Lowes are also partly to blame, having killed off most of the hardware stores in the area.
Show me which hardware stores you are referring to ?

I mentioned Paul's, and yes, the Aubuchon's on Rt. 12 at the Leom/Fitch line shut down a few years back..

Any others?

As I said, it's now 11 years for the Home Depot, and 99% of the hardware stores around here are STILL in business. Pelletier's is just making a tough decision based on a GLOBAL economic slowdown, NOT solely because of big box retailers.

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