A fixture lost

Collins Flowers closing after 87 years

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Peter Collins, the third generation owner of downtown Nashua icon Collins Flowers, says it's time to retire, or at least semi-retire, and close the shop effective today, Dec. 30.
Frank Collins, who founded the downtown Nashua flower shop 87 years ago at 133 Main St., was featured in this collage of businesses that appeared in the Nashua Telegraph on Dec. 30, 1949 – 68 years ago today. His grandson, Peter Collins, has decided to close the shop today, also Dec. 30.
An ad for Collins Flowers that appeared in a January 1948 edition of the Nashua Telegraph shows its original name, Collins Flower Shop, and original location, 133 Main St.

NASHUA – Peter Collins was a pre-schooler when a late-night fire burned his family’s flower shop out of its home of 30-plus years at 133 Main St.

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