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October 19, 2021

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Too Orangey For Business

Lakeview Hardware, a staple Fight Creek enterprise for 87 yrs, is closing

With a single 7 days to go before closing up shop for very good, Kerrie Redner stayed busy Friday helping prospects inside of Lakeview Components at 660 Money Ave. S.W.

Redner, who co-owns the business enterprise with her brother-in-law, Craig Walters, said the each day interactions with customers produced their joint final decision to retire hard, but the pair are all set to expend additional time experiencing their grandchildren.

“It really is undoubtedly bittersweet,” Redner mentioned. “Both of those Craig and I have been right here more than 40 years. I’m listening to individuals say, ‘Congratulations, you lastly get to retire. We’ll miss you and realize what is likely on.’ It’s a complicated time with the pandemic and every thing, it is an unusual time for retail. We had some significant offer chain problems when we opened up prior to. I believe we’re fired up, looking ahead to the subsequent chapter of what we are going to do.”

Craig Walters and Kerrie Redner are photographed on Feb. 19, 2020 after announcing they would be selling Lakeview Hardware. Unable to find a buyer, all inventory and the building will soon be up for auction following the last day of business on Friday.

A person of over 4,500 independently-owned franchises of True Benefit Co., Lakeview Hardware has deep roots in the Lakeview small business district. Redner and Walters, homeowners considering that 1999, have prolonged sought a buyer eager to keep on working it as a household improvement enterprise.

Due in huge component to provide chain troubles created by the pandemic, the pair resolved to shut Lakeview Hardware for 5 months prior to reopening in April, with the continued intent of offering the enterprise for undisclosed conditions.