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Hardware store closes after 50 years in Point Place

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POINT PLACE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A family-owned hardware store in Point Place will close its doors for good on Friday.

The 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.

"They 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."

The 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.

"It 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."

The 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.

"There's a lot of things that they do here that Menards does not do, like fixing screens and windows," Renz said.

The 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.

"I just hope this is not the first sign of a dying community," Leopold said.

The 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 area.

The store officially closes Friday at 4 p.m.

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