The butcher shop, grocery stores and other retailers that years ago helped make for a thriving hub of commerce have vanished from this village’s downtown.

And the next few weeks will see one more establishment added to the list of retail casualties in this village of 2,494 people in southern Columbia County. The Poynette True Value Hardware, a fixture of the village’s downtown before it moved in 1987 to a new building on Highway 51, will be soon be closing its doors for good. Although the 4,000-square-foot store is on the small side, it nonetheless has managed over the past 32 years to offer almost all of the wares customers expect to find at a hardware store. There are hand tools and power tools, fishing tackle, fan belts and trailer hitch accessories.

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