Fowlerville Hardware Store Closes After 122 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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