DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - After 63 years, the owners of Taylor Hardware is closing the doors to the shop.
There are only a few mom and pop hardware shops still open for business, and in a few weeks, there will be one less.
Robert Ryan began working at Taylor's Hardware on Wilmington Pike after graduating high school. He eventually took it over from the original owner, Jack Taylor.
Ryan says the building was like a second home.
"Hardware is not paying off anymore, due to the fact there are so many big stores around...it's not paying for itself," Ryan said.
Some customers have stuck with Taylor Hardware for more than 40 years.
"I won't go to the big stores, I'll find a small store like the one down at Stroop and Marshall, a family owned store. I'd much prefer to deal with people who own the stores than big companies where people don't know who they are," said long-time customer, Leo Chico.
Even after the store shuts down, Ryan will always remember the relationships.
"Oh a lot of memories. The customers we have very fine customers and at that time you almost look at them not as customers but as friends, because you knew them, their kids their wives, it was a family thing," said Ryan.
Although Ryan doesn't have an exact closing date, he says he expects to be shut down by November.
He is planning on opening a screen and window repair business somewhere in the area.
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