SKOWHEGAN — A changing business climate and competition from big-box stores has forced Aubuchon Hardware, a retail anchor in downtown Skowhegan for more than three decades, to close.

On Thursday, brown paper covered the windows and doors and a notice was posted announcing the closing. The doors were locked and merchandise started being removed at 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Ryan R. Lamb, Aubuchon regional director of sales and operations in Maine.

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