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Inventory of The Mountain Goat heads to public auction today in Northampton

The auction at 189 Main St. begins at 11 a.m. and will offer clothing and outdoor gear inventory of the longtime store as well as its fixtures and equipment, from chairs and filing cabinets to clothing racks and credit card swipe machines. Prospective bidders can inspect the inventory between 8:30 and 11 a.m. The auction is being run by Aaron Posnick & Co. Inc. of Springfield.

Other items up for sale include all manner of outdoor clothing, gear, sunglasses, backpacks, wrist watches, as well as energy bars and lip balm.

After a 24-year run, co-owner Mary Colwell told the Gazette in March that competition with Internet retailers, big-box stores and warmer winters were the primary reasons driving the store’s closure. Colwell co-owned the flagship store with her husband, A.J. LaFleur, and the pair simultaneously closed The Mountain Goat store they owned in Hanover, N.H. The latter store had opened in 2008. Colwell and LaFleur could not be reached for comment earlier this week.

Meantime, the 8,000-square-foot building that housed The Mountain Goat has been on the market since January and is currently listed at $1.6 million.

“There’s a lot of interest in it,” said real estate agent Steve Jasinski, who is handling the property. “It has some things that some of the older buildings don’t have.” In addition to being well-maintained and its prime location, Jasinski noted that a sprinkler system and elevator serving the three-story building are among the features that distinguish the property from some others downtown.

Dan Crowley can be reached at dcrowley@gazettenet.com.

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