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Buffalo Hardware Store Closes Its Doors After 68 Years

It was a throwback to the day when customers paid for hardware, but got advice that was priceless. After 68 years, the Buffalo Hardware store near River Oaks is closing its doors for good.

Even before the doors opened at 8 a.m., customers like Thomas Scrivel waited patiently to enter.

“We could get this same price somewhere else. But we’ve been shopping here for 30 years, so just breaks my heart. We’re very sad. We really, we didn’t come here to get a good deal. We really just came to support the neighborhood.”

Buffalo Hardware has been a fixture in the neighborhood for nearly 70 years. Don Williams says he has fond memories of the store as a young boy.

“I’m sorry to see it go, the people here have always been extremely nice. The nicest thing about it is they help you figure out what you need to do and if you don’t need to do it, they tell you, you don’t have to do it and save you a lot of money (chuckle), but things come and go.”

Buffalo Hardware inside

Conor O’Leary waited patiently for his turn at the checkout line.

“It’s a big bummer. I mean, my parents were really, really sad when it closed, both. My grandparents used to come here to hang out. It’s just a big shame.”

Store owner Jim Brown was busy helping customers navigate through the narrow aisles of product that had red stickers with mark-down prices.

“We were, actually for about two years been looking for a buyer. The problem is that people in the hardware store, they want a bigger space than we have, 10,000 or 20,000 square feet. We have five. If they join one of the buying co-ops, they will lend them money plus, you build the store and they fill it up for free. So, I can’t compete with free.”

Brown says he thinks it’ll be a couple of months before he sells the entire inventory. Extensive studies will be done to determine the best use for the prime real estate.

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