Small, independent hardware stores have been fading from America’s main street landscapes.
The culprit: changing retail trends, most notably the rise of big-box retailers with huge inventories and showroom space and marketing and pricing clout that small stores generally can’t match.
F.A. Church Hardware bucked those retail trends for decades.
The store at 410 Exchange St., which has been a part of the downtown retail business since 1932, is closing.