The Odyssey Bookshop

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The Odyssey Bookshop
Type Private subsidiary
Founded South Hadley, Massachusetts (1963)
Founder(s) Romeo Grenier
Headquarters South Hadley, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key people Romeo Grenier (Founder)
Joan Grenier
Neil Novik
Products Books, magazines
Website Official website
The Odyssey Bookshop

The Odyssey Bookshop is an independent bookstore in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In addition to an extensive trade book selection, The Odyssey is the exclusive provider of textbooks for Mount Holyoke College. [1]

It was founded by Romeo Grenier, who was trained as a pharmacist. In 1957, he bought and managed Glesmann’s Pharmacy, which was located across the street from Mount Holyoke College. The pharmacy, however, began to reflect Grenier's interest in literature as it became a gathering place for author readings and book club events. In 1963, the pharmacy was converted into The Odyssey Bookshop, managed and run by Grenier. [2] During the 1980s, The Odyssey was damaged by two fires but in 1991, the ownership of the business passed to Romeo’s daughter, Joan Grenier, who oversaw the re-location of the shop to its present location as the anchor store of the Village Commons. In 1998, Neil Novik joined the business as co-owner. [3]

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