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Home, sweet new home for Alec’s

By DON HIMSEL
Staff Writer

NASHUA - After a long wait, longtime retailer Alec's Shoes has moved its operation from downtown to its new location off Somerset Parkway between Amherst Street and Exit 8 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.

The family-run store, a fixture downtown for many years, will open at the new location this week after a long and thorough renovation of a former tech space near the highway. ...

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NASHUA - After a long wait, longtime retailer Alec's Shoes has moved its operation from downtown to its new location off Somerset Parkway between Amherst Street and Exit 8 of the F.E. Everett Turnpike.

The family-run store, a fixture downtown for many years, will open at the new location this week after a long and thorough renovation of a former tech space near the highway.

Though the upgrade will be evident, as far as the fan-favorite shop is concerned, it'll be "business as usual for Alec's Shoe Store," owner John Koutsos said Monday.

Alec's crew, including employees, contractors, family and friends, continued to set up the new space Monday and tie up as many loose ends as possible before an anticipated opening. Koutsos said nothing is set in stone, but he hoped to start seeing customers Friday.

"We worked Saturday night until about 11 o'clock and we came back and worked all day Sunday," he said. "It's a real group effort. We couldn't do it without everybody. We're so lucky to have such a great crew that's dedicated."

Koutsos described the new space as "a larger, slightly more modern feel than what we have downtown. It's very similar, just a little bit updated."

The space combines multiple floors at the downtown location into a single level. The new space adds more cubic footage of stock storage and easier access for customers.

"When we closed the store Saturday night, we started moving," Koutsos said, "and we've been
going full bore since then."

He noted there will still be bugs to work out and some shifting of items as everyone gets used to the new space.

"You couldn't do it without great friends and family," Koutsos said.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.