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Chelsea Village Hardware Closes Doors; Owners Cite Slow Economy

The longtime Chelsea business officially closed its Main Street store on Jan. 5.

A longtime Chelsea business has called it quits, citing a slow economy and sales in recent months.

Chelsea Village Hardware closed its doors on Main Street on Jan. 5.

"After 40 years in the hardware business and working at the same location (11 years owning it) it was a very, very hard decision to have to close forever," owner Tom Clemons said in a written statement. "It was a dream and a pleasure to have served so many loyal people to which I say, thank you for the opportunity."

City Manager John Hanifan expressed regret with the business' closure.

"Village Hardware's closing is upsetting, but it's the start of a new year for many of our businesses," Hanifan said. "We hate to lose a member of the business community, but there are some positive things in the works for our city."

The Chelsea Alehouse opened on Jan. 3, and Barbecue 52, a new downtown restaurant, is scheduled to open later this year.

Dianne Till January 11, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Mr.Hanifan...please consider people's feelings a bit more before launching into excitement for the next store opening. Losing a lifetime business is very sad.Our heartfelt feelings of appreciation go to the Clemons for their years serving Chelsea!
Gerald louis Milliken January 11, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I agree that statement was out of line,losing a long time business is horrible and it will be missed.
Michael Medved January 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
We chose Chelsea to move to 3 years ago because of the downtown shopping within Walking distance. since we have been here the New Chelsea Market has moved, the little post office closed, and now the hardware store is gone. Chelsea doesn't need more high priced restaurants. It is becoming more about the tourists and less about the residents. i loved Chelsea when we first moved here, but i won't miss the New Chelsea when we move later this year.

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