For more than 64 years, Downtown Hardware Company has been part of the city of Oak Ridge.

But now the hardware store is closing.

“Faced with many of the challenges due to a changing retail environment, we have now made the difficult decision to retire and close our business. While we will miss our customers, our family is excited about new opportunities,” stated a news release. That news release was sent to the newspaper on behalf of Roger Clary and his sister, Ann Clary Bratton, who have co-owned and operated the hardware store since the death of their father Tom Clary Jr. in 1981. It was also sent on behalf of their brother, physician Tom Clary III, and all of their families.

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