Discount retailer Building #19 files for bankruptcy

A shopper looked for bargains at a Building #19 store in Hingham in 2000.

Globe File/2000

A shopper looked for bargains at a Building #19 store in Hingham in 2000.

HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Boston-area discount retailer Building #19, famous for its comic book-style circulars and the motto ‘‘Good Stuff ... Cheap,’’ is closing its doors after a nearly half century in business.

The Hingham-based company, with 10 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, filed for bankruptcy last week. The company is seeking permission to hire a liquidation consultant and close by Dec. 8.


The Patriot Ledger reports that the company cited Internet competition and a lack of cash for new inventory as the reasons for the filing.

Building #19 was co-founded in 1964 by Jerry Ellis, a laid off appliance salesman.

The chain, which sells salvaged goods, overstocks, surplus and irregular merchandise, often made fun of its no frills, disorganized stores. One recent circular said ‘‘Suffer a little. Save a lot.’’

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of