Closing on Jan. 9 ~ The Paper Store at Bedford’s Great Road Shopping Center

December 28, 2021
The Paper Store in Bedford’s Great Road Shopping Center ~ Image JMcCT, 2021 all rights reserved ~ Click to view the full-sized image


A sign inside Bedford’s Paper Store tells the tale ~ Image JMcCT (c) 2021 all rights reserved

The specialty gift store is part of a group of more than 100 outlets in the northeast and Florida.

The manager at the Bedford store, who gave her name only as Kim, confirmed the closing Tuesday and said she learned of the plans “a while ago.”

She referred other questions—including the number of store employees—to the corporate office in Acton, but Vanessa Keefe, vice president of marketing there, was on vacation.

The Paper Store has a central location in the shopping center, a space that in the past has been occupied by stores like F.W. Woolworth store and Payless Shoes.  Another, larger business in the shopping center, Home Goods, closed on Jan. 14, 2021.

That space remains vacant, and Shirley O’Connor of Bedford Jewelers said she and other smaller businesses between those two larger ones are concerned that foot traffic will disappear.

The Paper Store retail chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the summer of 2020, followed by a restructuring.

The Great Road Shopping Center, the largest Bedford property taxpayer west of Route 3, is owned by the Atlantic Interests Limited Partnership. An official there had no comment Tuesday when asked if the company is concerned about the vacant stores.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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Jan Anthony
January 2, 2022 2:48 pm

Politics and COVID aside, I’ll miss our Bedford Paper Store. :-)

Ralphie Monaco
December 31, 2021 10:46 pm

Lol that’s false the traffic is way way higher in Burlington you can even get a parking space in that plaza. If there was more traffic then why is it closing ?

Bob Gagliano
December 31, 2021 9:25 am

The whole complex is an eye sore. Out dated/ beat up Stop n Shop as your Anchor store. Thank goodness we still have Ace, Ocean City and TJ. Oh wait .. I have to visit that same eye sore Stop n Shop today because it is convenient. Good we still have the other complex in town. Happy New Year !

Lynn Herron
December 29, 2021 5:48 pm

It has been proven that vaccines and masks work…what is wrong with people…

William Sanchez
December 29, 2021 9:30 pm
Reply to  Lynn Herron

I agree on vaccines but wearing a paper mask is useless and studies show masks don’t work unless you have a medical mask. I also don’t shop in Bedford anymore Wegmans gets my 1k a month on groceries now. Sorry Bedford business

Harry Dunn
December 28, 2021 9:51 pm

The Burlington store is still open. Mask are optional there and I know hundreds of residents that prefer driving 15 minutes to Burlington were mask are not mandatory. Bedford Board of health is destroying local businesses

Carolyn Britton
December 30, 2021 2:12 am
Reply to  Harry Dunn

This is a stupid post. This is why we can’t get rid of Covid. I wouldn’t leave Bedford and drive to the mall just so I don’t have to wear a mask🤬

Theresa Stevens
December 31, 2021 2:58 pm
Reply to  Harry Dunn

According to a staff member at The Paper Store, they had a lot of customers traveling from Burlington to Bedford because the Bedford store was much better. Your comment does not hold water.

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