Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 1, 2013

Grecoe Jeweler's move allows Orange Leaf to expand


Pierre will also be adding more products in Andover, including “frozees” — a new take on smoothies done frozen yogurt style — and frozen yogurt cookies.

Work on the expansion is expected to start soon, with heavy construction slated to close Orange Leaf for up to a week during the slow season of early fall. Pierre said the remodeled Andover Orange Leaf should re-open in late September or early October.

Move is `diamond in the rough’

When you’re in business for 80 years, you tend to adapt as the world changes around you.

That’s exactly what the Grecoe family has done in setting up shop in its new home at 168 North Main St.

It’s not a move the family had initially intended to make.

Grecoe Jewelers had been a fixture on Park Street since 1970 after it left a less-than-desirable space on Main Street, according to second-generation owner Barry Grecoe and his wife, Nancy.

“The place we were in over there (on Main Street) was horrible,” Barry Grecoe said. “The brook ran underneath it. It had rats, and the town would come in and kill them, but it smelled like hell.”

Five years ago, around the time that Grecoe Jewelers signed another five-year lease for 26 Park St., the property changed hands. In the past year, with that lease nearing its end, there appears to have been a disagreement over the shop’s future on Park Street.

Grecoe’s daughter, Dawn Cote, who represents the third generation to own the business, said her family had a verbal agreement for another lease, but ultimately didn’t receive one and they were instead forced to move out in July.

But property manager Joe Ciampa said a lease offer was available, but the Grecoes weren’t forthcoming on finalizing the deal and were looking for other property, forcing him to issue an eviction notice, That eviction was actually delayed to give the family more time to move, he added.

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