We have creatively found ways to deal with the onslaught of big box stores, online shopping, eReaders, and, in 2018, we faced the massive Merrimac Valley Gas Explosion Crisis that closed us down for days and changed the retail buying habits of the town for the subsequent 4 months. In each of those times we found ways to get by--we moved, we changed product mix, and reduced staffing. We always survived. But now we are faced with a perilous situation. Due to Covid-19 and the fact that we are closed to the public, we are running out of cash to pay our rent, utilities, payroll, liabilities, and publishers, and make sure we have enough cash on-hand to re-open once we make it through. We are making a small amount through our website and very much appreciate all of your support, but it is not enough to pay our rent and our payroll.
We are asking for your immediate support. Funds given to this campaign will help us weather this storm and make sure we can ultimately reach our goal, which is to keep this business afloat and exist in Andover for another 200 years! Even once this pandemic passes, we are unsure what the market will look like when we can re-open to the public, what the book buying abilities of our community will be, and how quickly we can ramp up our operations once again. This campaign will help support The Andover Bookstore both in the immediate future and over the next several months.
If you can give any amount, we are truly grateful. If not, there are other ways to support us and other small bookstores facing these unprecedented times, such as following social media accounts, buying gift cards, ordering books online from their websites, and lending a kind word.
The Hugo Family
Vickie, Karen, Karen and Chris, and the hundreds of great people who have worked in the bookstore over the past couple hundred years.