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Century-old-plus hardware store closing

100-year-old-plus hardware store closing its doors

MOUNT MORRIS – The village will be without a hardware store when Donegan’s Do-it-Best, 13 E. Main St., closes its doors March 31.

Owner Roseann Donegan, 53, said the decision to close the store after 20 years was mainly due to the economy and didn’t come easily.

“The sales have just not been enough to make a living. I’ve tried to do everything I can to keep it going,” she said Tuesday. “I’ve appreciated all the business the people in Mount Morris have given me all these years, but the economy is bad.”

Donegan has accepted a managerial position with a large retail chain, but plans to continue to live in the village.

“I love Mount Morris. I want to stay here as long as I can,” she said.

Village president Greg Unger said he is sorry to see the store close.

“It’s not happy news when you’re losing a retail hardware store,” he said.

The property has been for sale for some time, and he hopes a buyer can be found who will reopen the store, he said.

“We’re going to think positive and remain hopeful.”

Donegan and her late husband, Jim, bought the business from Robert G. Hough, whose family had owned it since 1910.

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