After 149 years in business, Warsaw hardware store closing its doors

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It's been a part of the Warsaw community for almost 150 years.

Ace Hardware of Warsaw is closing.

The history of the hardware store dates back to 1869.

It later became an Ace Hardware.

The Maze family took over in the 50s and has owned it ever since.

But now Jim Maze says there is too much competition with other big-box stores like Walmart.

He said the sale was a hard thing to accept. But now he and his wife are looking forward to retirement.

He wants to share this message with the Warsaw community.

"We will miss them. We've kind of gone through those five whatever those stages are of change and we've been through sadness and 'we're not going to do this.' 'Well, we have to do this.' Realizing that it's the only answer. It's the best answer for us,” said Maze.

Maze expects the sale which starts Thursday to last around seven weeks.

The building itself is also for sale.

Maze says his biggest fear is having an empty storefront.

A special retirement sale will be held Thursday through next Wednesday, with liquidation prices and door prizes.

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