LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbockites have shopped at Childress Hardware for almost a century, but at the end of this year the small mom and pop shop will close its doors for good. "The store's been in business since 1917," said Paul Rostad, the President of Fred Childress Hardware Inc.
You may not realize it, but you can see Childress Hardware's mark all over Lubbock from home improvements to city building contracts. "My father-in-law did the Tech dorms, the keys and bolts for them over on 19th Street many years ago," said Rostad.
Joe Wilson started shopping at Childress decades ago, and he continues to return for the service. "You'll get somebody to wait on you here. Sometimes at the mega store you have to hunt somebody to help you, and here you don't," he said.
Despite loyal patrons like Wilson, Rostad decided to shut the doors permanently. "I've been here 27 years, and it's just time to close. I'm ready to retire, and a small hardware store... There's not a whole lot of demand for them right now," said Rostad.
The down economy has taken its toll on small businesses. "It's a signal of the times. Smaller mom and pop businesses are having a hard time over the last two or three years," said Rostad. He hopes downtown retail will thrive again in the future. However, for now business is tough, and he's ready to move on to the next chapter is his life. "We've really had a good run up until you know. The economy stopped, so it's been good for us," he said.
The original hardware store building stood on the corner of Main Street and Buddy Holly, and because it was one of the first retail buildings in town the city made it a historical marker years ago.
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