Downtown Bryan Hardware Store Closing After 102 Years In Business

BRYAN, Texas The face of historic Downtown Bryan continues to change.

A hardware store is closing after 102 years in business.

News 3 looks at some of the memories from the Parker - Astin Hardware Store, and takes a look at the vision for Downtown Bryan.

Things are flying off the shelves in this corner of Downtown Bryan.

"A little bit of everything. I should have made a list before I came down," said Betty Burnham of Bryan.

She has been shopping at the Parker - Astin Hardware Store since she moved here in 1971.

But soon the store will be no more.

"It will be sad to see them close and my husband shopped here a lot for tools and hammers and saws and things like that. And he could always find whatever he wanted here and they were always very kind," she said.

When the hardware store first opened at this location, William Howard Taft was President but it's been within the last two years sales started to decline.

"Well we appreciate your business," said Store Manager Glynn Owen to a customer.

Owen has spent the last 17 years working here.

"I'm 76. I'm going to retire... It seems like parking has become a real issue and around lunchtime people can't get to us. Majority of our customers are older customers and they just can't walk a block and a half to get to us," said Owen.

Bryan Deputy City Manager Joey Dunn says the city will help find tenants for the building.

The master plan for downtown includes more development for the north side like residential spaces.

There are also plans to turn the Ice House on North Main at M.L.K. Jr. Street into a multi-use development which could have restaurants, retail and living space.

"When that happens that will feed other types of retail and other types of businesses that are down here. That will serve people who live here," said Dunn.

The LaSalle Hotel has also purchased the closed Los Nortenos Restaurant and will transform it into an event and meeting place.

A new future for downtown with changes along the way.

'You know all good things come to an end sometime," said Glynn Owen.

The Parker-Astin Hardware store will close its doors after November 9th.

It's currently having a big closing sale.

Owner Zane Anderson says he hasn't found new tenants for the building just yet.

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