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Business Beat

October 12, 2012

Stevens Hardware Co. to end 130-year run

Stevens Hardware Co., on downtown Main Street in Oneonta, is closing after 130 years.

The store’s closing date is Nov. 1 and most merchandize will be discounted 25 percent, said Francine Bailey, who has worked at the store with her father and store owner, John Stevens, for more than 20 years. The building at 153 Main St. also will be sold, she said Thursday.

The store, which opened in 1882, was owned by Stevens’ father and his grandfather, Bailey said. Originally the store was a hardware store that offered services, including changing wagon wheels and sleigh runners, she said. But the business transformed into a store more-focused on camping, hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities.

In 2008, the store received the “Business of the Year Award’’ presented by the Future for Oneonta Foundation.

With the changing economy, online shopping and consumer practices of replacing instead of repairing items, the time has come to close, Bailey said. Her father, now 94, is “pretty good’’ health-wise and lives at the nursing home on Chestnut Street, she said, but he hasn’t been working in the store since he broke a leg about two years ago.

Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Bailey said. The store is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Fudge, gift shop opens

at Southside Mall

A grand opening with a ribbon cutting and free samples of fudge will be presented by Magnolia’s Fudge & Gift Shoppe at Southside Mall in Oneonta at 5:30 p.m. today.

The store is in the site previously occupied by Country Junction, a candle and gift store that relocated to property across from the mall on state Route 23.

Maria Kelso, owner of Magnolia’s Fudge, said she previously had a kiosk at the mall during holiday seasons, and she accepted the mall manager’s invitation to open a store.

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