Tampa Bay hardware store closes

Ace Hardware in Largo, Fla., a 36-year-old business, closed on June 29, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times. 

Owner Bob Hoag, a former hospital administrator from Michigan, and his wife, Mary Jane Hoag, purchased the store from the original owners four years ago.

Business began declining in mid-2007, Bob Hoag said, and has yet to recover. A trend toward Internet shopping, nearby road construction and rising rents in the store’s shopping plaza all contributed to a more difficult business climate, he said. 

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