CHICAGO (CBS) — After almost 40 years in business, an Old Town hardware store is closing down. And the owners are trying to figure out what to do now.
The original Tipre Hardware store opened in 1978 at North and Wieland. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
“That was the place I spent more time than any other place in the world.”
37-year-old Nick Tipre owns the store, along with his mother.
They moved four blocks west not even two years ago because their old location was being torn down.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
And now they have to be out of their current spot by the end of summer because of another property development.
“The hospital I was born in is gone. The house I grew up in is gone. The hardware is gone. My past is slowly being eaten up by some monster that I can’t see,” Tipre said. “So it’s just one more thing.”
Tipre said they don’t want to move the store to another neighborhood.MORE NEWS: Farmers Market Vendors Pleased As Open Boulevards Program Kicks Off In Logan Square
“This is the prelude to whatever’s coming, versus the end of whatever,” he said.