After more than a century in the same family, Towle’s Hardware & Lumber Co. in Dixfield has sold to a Maine entrepreneur outside the family who views local hardware stores as an important community tradition.

Norman “Butch” and Donna Towle sold the business, after it spent five years on the market, to Richard Chadbourne. Dennis Wheelock of Magnusson Balfour KW Commercial-Keller Williams Realty brokered the transaction.

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