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POINT PLACE, OH (Toledo News Now) -
family-owned hardware store in Point Place will close its doors for good on
Taggart family has run a local Ace Hardware store for 50 years, and residents
in the Point say they are sad to see the store go.
had everything," said Clarence Leopold. "Even the contractors came in here
because if this Ace didn't have it, you probably had to order it."
store was a community staple that one resident captured with a photo, so she
will have a solid memory of the store she has visited since she was a child.
brings a lot of memory, you might say," said Elizabeth Renz. "Just to have [the
photo], I'll be able to say there was an Ace Hardware in the Point."
store was taken over by Chris and Missy Taggart five and a half years ago. They
come from three generations of store owners. They say they were too emotional
to go on camera, but say 13 people lost their jobs and now lifelong customers
will have to take their business elsewhere.
a lot of things that they do here that Menards does not do, like fixing screens
and windows," Renz said.
Taggarts say a decline in customers, an increase in competition, and critical
circumstances in their life are why the doors will shut for good on Friday.
just hope this is not the first sign of a dying community," Leopold said.
owners say they have a store in Michigan, and they will focus on maintaining
that store, but there is still hope for Point Place. They say the Ace Hardware
corporate owners will assess the area to see if the store can open again in the