After 78 years, Sarasota Hardware to shut down - FOX 13 News

After 78 years, Sarasota Hardware to shut down

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Right on the heels of the closing of the Golden Apple, a well-known theater in downtown Sarasota, another business is closing up shop because of the economy.

Sarasota Hardware has been selling washers and widgets, making keys for 78 years.

"My wife's grandmother started the store in 1934," said owner Jim Krill.

Sarasota Hardware has been a downtown staple, but Krill says they never really recovered from the great recession that started in 2007.

"Even looking to the future for the next few years, I think it's going to be awhile before it comes back the way it once was," Krill says.

Add to that a new grand baby, and a North Carolina cabin, and the Krills decided it was time to go -- to the disappointment of many a loyal customer.

"They've certainly been a wonderful store to shop in," said Robert Siroky, who has been shopping at the store since 1967. "This was the hardware store that had everything. You couldn't miss coming in here, because they had everything you ever wanted."

In mid-November, the Krills will ring up their final sale, and look forward, however bittersweet it is, to retirement.

"I think once the final key's turned, it's going to be tough for a while anyway," Krill said.

The Krills are keeping the building, and they're looking for a tenant. They want someone who will enhance the ongoing development of downtown Sarasota.

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