After 75 years and four generations, Wentz Hardware in Emmaus is closing.
Owners Tim and Darlene Kazmierski decided it was time to retire from the hardware business.
“Retail is hard and it keeps getting harder and the hours get longer,” said Darlene Kazmierski. “It was time for us to move on.”
She and her husband aren’t completely retiring, however. They are both real estate agents with Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate and will continue to work in real estate, which she said they enjoy.
The Kazmierskis sold the building to a group of investors who plan to remodel the property and then lease it to Altitude Marketing, which currently has an office just a few blocks away on Main Street.
What she said she’ll miss most about running the business is the customers.
“We’ve always had great customers, but we do live in town so it’s not like we’ll never see them,” she said.
Reaction from the store’s regulars has been “bittersweet” she said. While they are happy to see the couple move on to work they enjoy, they’ll miss having an independent hardware store in the community.
The store has already begun discount sales and plans to have inventory cleared out in time for an Oct. 31 closing.
The family plans to host a farewell event on Oct. 6.