Residents gather in Holyoke to try and save Yankee Pedlar building

The current owners put the property on the market last August

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – From wedding receptions to family reunions, behind closed doors at the Yankee Pedlar Restaurant & Banquets in Holyoke is a historic building filled with memories dating back more than 100 years. However, the building could soon be demolished.

Sandy Parent, who is part of “Save the Yankee Pedlar“, told 22News, “It’s been there since 1875. To see it all of a sudden disappear? That’s part of Holyoke!”

The Pedlar opened as an inn and restaurant back in 1947, but the buildings stood for three-quarters of a century before that. PeoplesBank announced they plan to knock it down to make way for a new financial services center.

John Epstein of “Save the Yankee Pedlar” said, “It was a good gathering place, and not just for locals. In part, I think that’s what’s so important. It has always been a draw from people on the outside to come into Holyoke.”

The current owners, the Clayton family, put the property on the market last August, citing a rough economy.

Both John and Sandy said the same thing; they’re happy PeoplesBank is buying the property, they just want them to keep the original structure. “They’re very community oriented. They’re based here. They’ve been here I think for almost as long as that structure has been standing,” said Epstein.

The demolition isn’t a done deal just yet; PeoplesBank hasn’t officially purchased the property. 22News will continue to cover this story and let you know if and when that happens.