We all know that family-owned businesses have a tough time hanging on in the era of Big Box stores.
Still, it gives AT no pleasure to report that Swinney's Hardware in Tulsa's Kendall-Whittier neighborhood is closing. The Tulsa World reported the closing in Saturday's edition.
According to the World, John Swinney Sr. began the business as a used furniture store in 1934. Later, the family converted it to a hardware store that became known for carrying many rare and hard-to-find items.
Although the business thrived in the 1970s and 80s, the national home improvement chains hurt Swinneys and other small hardware retailers.
Family members told the World that they have tried to save the store, but unless a buyer steps forward soon, Swinneys will close.