Locally-Owned Five and Dime Stores in New England


Article by Eric H., VisitingNewEngland.com


Five and dime stores in New England sadly seem to be a dying breed. Once a retail staple of our neighborhoods, these locally-owned stores sold a wide variety of inexpensive merchandise within modestly-sized confines, although five and dime national chain stores like Woolworth’s were quite large in size. These type of stores originally sold merchandise for five or 10 cents (thus the name), and items you couldn’t find anywhere else. The former is no longer a reality, but the latter still exists, to an extent, as you can find some truly unique, one-of-a-kind items at these stores.

I only know of two five-and-dime stores: the West Concord 5 and 10 in West Concord, Mass., and Balich 5 and 10 in Arlington, Mass. Both stores embody the spirit of the five and dime stores with great customer service, an old-fashioned look and a general feeling of being in another era. 

I encourage you to view the Balich 5 and 10 video above, hosted by my good friend Steven Katsos, as well as an article I wrote on the West Concord 5 and 10. Enjoy!

If you know of any existing five and dime stores in New England, please feel free to post a comment here!

West Concord 5 & 10, West Concord, Mass.

West Concord 5 & 10, West Concord, Mass.

The West Concord 5 and 10,106 Commonwealth Ave., West Concord, MA, Tel. (978) 369-9011

Balich 5 & 10, 1314 Mass. Ave., Arlington Heights, MA, Tel. (781) 648-3707


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