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.


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