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Two Notch Road hardware store to close after 49 years

Youngs True Value Hardware store on Two Notch Road in Columbia is closing after 49 years. The owner said Circle K made an offer to buy the property.
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Youngs True Value Hardware store on Two Notch Road in Columbia is closing after 49 years. The owner said Circle K made an offer to buy the property.

Youngs True Value Hardware store, which has been a fixture on Two Notch Road for 49 years, is closing.

Owner Kenny Rowland, who took over ownership of the store from his father-in-law Eben Young, is retiring.

“After 40 years in retail, I need to retire,” he said. “Those are dog years.”

The store was advertising a 20 percent off sale. The final auction is Aug. 17.

Rowland said that the Circle K company purchased the land for a convenience store and gasoline station.

“I got such a good price for the property I didn’t even think about selling the business,” he said.

Youngs, at 7734 Two Notch Road, is the second landmark hardware store to close recently. Cedar Terrace Hardware closed in October.

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