After 155 years doing business in Raleigh, the downtown staple Briggs Hardware General Store is gone.

However, the longtime Raleigh-based business just opened in Emerald Isle.

“The building that stands today is on Fayettville Street, it was built it 1874 and was the southeast’s first high rise at four stories tall,” Store Owner Evelyn Briggs-Davis said.

Briggs Hardware built a great reputation in Downtown Raleigh, but 2020 presented several hurdles for the owners to overcome.

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