WILLIAMSTOWN -- McClelland's Stationery & Office Supplies has closed its store at 36 Spring St., ending 83 years of the company's presence there.
Owner William Elder declined to give details of the closing on Tuesday, saying only that it did not do enough business and would not reopen. Elder did confirm that the North Adams McClelland's on Main Street, which specializes in greeting cards and gifts, and McClelland's Press on North Street in Williamstown would remain open.
He would not say whether the Spring Street location would be sold or offered for lease.
Kate Brown, manager of The Library Antiques for the last 34 years, said it's sad to see McClelland's closed, and that the town is disadvantaged by one less occupied store front on the street.
"It was always so handy -- if you needed something for work you'd run to McClelland's," she said.
Helen Aitken, whose restaurant, Helen's Place, was just a few storefronts away from McClelland's, said she was shocked by the unannounced closing.
"One day the brown paper was just there [covering the windows]," she said. "Everyone at the store was friendly, and it's sad to see it go. It's part of Williamstown's history, and it's no longer there."
McClelland Press first opened on Spring Street in 1926, after the McClelland family purchased an existing store at 36 Spring St. in a partnership with Edward Elder. The company was later sold to Elder's brother, George, in 1969. The business was incorporated the following year.
Steven T. Wiehl, the latest owner of Harts' Pharmacy, said having a business in Williamstown means doing business with neighbors, and McClelland's was one of the local businesses representing that practice.
"We're losing that, and that makes this real sad," he said.
McClelland's expanded its operations in 1976, opening an office supply and stationery store in the Colonial Shopping Center. McClelland's bought out Chapel Press at 103 North St. in 1977 and consolidated its press operations at the North Street location. At the same time, it relocated the stationery store to 36 Spring St. In 1979, it acquired Elder Printing Co., also owed by George Elder.
In 1983, the company expanded again by opening another stationery store, inside of 85 Main St. in North Adams. Seven years later, that business expanded into a larger store at 107 Main St. In the late 1990s, the North Adams store moved back to 85 Main St. and abandoned the Hallmark line of greeting cards in favor of the less expensive Paramount cards because there was too much competition from other Hallmark dealers in the area.
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