FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- A hardware store in Fowlerville is closing after 122 years in business.
The owners tell the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell that the economy and competition with big-box stores were too much for Fowlerville True Value Hardware to overcome.
The business owned by the Burnie family for the past 69 years closed Dec. 7 to prepare for liquidation sales starting Monday.
Current owner Jim Burnie signed a purchase agreement with the Fowlerville Downtown Development Authority in 2007 to expand the store, but he withdrew it the next year when Wal-Mart opened a 184,000-square-foot store in the village.
Doug Burnie says the store "never really recovered so it was profitable."
The store will permanently close once nearly everything is sold.