Jeffery Amherst Book Store Closing its Door

In Industry, local news, television on October 31, 2008 by Editor Z

Sad news and a blow for your small independent book sellers. Its sad, but according to, The Jeffrey Amherst Book store will be going out of business soon. We may always think of the future as getting better and more advanced, but in this world of increasingly big box retailers, its getting harder for these small unique stores with eccentric characters that become like avuncular relatives to the broader community.

Note the article is said to have appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, but since the Hampshire Gazette has a subscriber only online site with articles, this one comes from’s invocation of the article.

AMHERST – A bookstore that has anchored the downtown business scene for more than 70 years could be closing its doors in the coming weeks.

Howard Gersten, who with wife Joy has owned the Jeffery Amherst Bookshop since 1978, said Tuesday that he was unable to find a buyer for the store, despite placing an advertisement in the Amherst Bulletin in June, and is now anticipating beginning the process of closing.

“We couldn’t find the right person to buy the store, so Joy and I decided to retire,” Gersten said.

Gersten, who is almost 79, said he and his wife have already worked well past the ages that many people call it a career.



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