SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 25, 2013

Swampscott bookstore closes its doors

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — HugoBooks Inc. closed its Spirit of ’76 Squared bookstore in Vinnin Square on March 17 after a one-year trial period, according to a notice on the door.

An employee of the chain’s Marblehead bookstore, Spirit of ’76, confirmed the Swampscott’s store’s closing Thursday.

The bookstore had occupied about half the space of the former Borders Express at 450 Paradise Road.

“While we regret having to make the difficult decision to close this location, we are excited to focus our energy and resources on our three remaining, long-standing bookstores,” owner John Hugo said in the notice.

“We are very optimistic about the future of independent bookstores, and are looking forward to a fantastic spring and summer.”

The notice was dated March 6, announcing the closing on St. Patrick’s Day. The store in Swampscott opened on Nov. 15, 2011, according to the company’s website.

The family-owned HugoBooks, which was established in 1965, has three stores, Spirit of ’76 in Marblehead, The Book Rack in Newburyport and Andover Bookstore, the second-oldest continually operating bookstore in America.

HugoBooks is owned by Robert Hugo and his son, John. They were unavailable for comment.