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Century-old Orono Business Closing Down
07/12/2013 11:30 AM ET  

An Orono hardware store is shutting down after more than 120 years in business.

ORONO, Maine (AP) _ Owner Lin White Jr. said he's closing down Park's Hardware because there's just not much call for small neighborhood hardware stores anymore. He's marking everything down 20 percent before shutting his doors at the end of August.

The business was founded in 1892 by Fred Park. White has owned the store for the last 23 years.

Loyal customers lamented the decision.

Robert Allen told WABI-TV that Park's stocks just about everything, and if they don't have it, they can get it.

Other customers said the love the helpful and friendly staff.

White said he plans to renovate the building into space for four retail businesses.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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