9 Stores That Anyone Who Grew Up In New Hampshire Will Undoubtedly Remember

If you grew up in New Hampshire, a lot has undoubtedly changed since you were a kid – right down to where and how we shop. Some of the best stores in the Granite State – and country – have sadly shut down in the intervening years, but these 9 stores will always live on in our memories. Share your long lost favorite stores in the comments!

1. LaVerdiere’s Drug Store

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This chain of drug stores started in Maine in 1922 and quickly spread to New Hampshire. A number of the locations held arcades in the ’80s, and the store became famous for its seasonal Halloween decoration aisle. In fact, a description of LaVerdiere’s Halloween aisle found its way into the Stephen King novella The Sun Dog! Sadly, the chain was purchased by Rite Aid in 1994.

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