Last Updated: Wednesday, January 04, 2017, 3:35 PM EST
Sales have never been brisker at South Patrick Hardware and Lumber in Indian Harbour Beach. A 60 percent off sale is going on right now, but the sound of the cash register is about to go silent for the last time.
After 54 years in business, the family owned business is closing for good.
"It was just time, you know?" said Rick Beyer, the store's owner. "(It's) the end of an era."
- Brevard County hardware store closing after 54 years in business
- South Patrick Hardware and Lumber opened in the 1960s
- The new owners said they don't yet have plans for the property
Beyer has worked at South Patrick Hardware and Lumber for most of his life. His uncle and father came from Michigan and opened up the show in the early 1960s when Indian Harbour Beach was sleepier beach town than it is today.
Over the more than five decades in business, the store has tripled in size and has been filled with stock like nails, plumbing supplies and hard-to-find hardware items.
Joe Hanusey, a longtime customer of the store, said he is sad to see the hometown hardware store close for good.
"I've been back several times to see what I can get," Hanusey said. "Because some of this stuff you can't get anywhere else. Big boxes have taken over, and it's really a shame."
South Patrick Hardware and Lumber may just be a hardware store, but Beyer said he sees it as a place that has helped lots of people through some very difficult times.
"During hurricanes, we were definitely the top dog on the beach," Beyer said. "All the plywood we had, the tap downs, the tarps. We were known for it. We were slammed."
The kind words are flowing in — by phone and in person.
The building's new owners gave Beyer a 20-day grace period. Beyer said he will close the store for good once the building is cleared out.
He said he might tear up when that time finally comes.
"A lot of sorrow, I mean, I've done this my whole life," he said.
Beyer said the new owners don't have plans yet for the property.
Rick Beyer, owner of South Patrick Hardware and Lumber, said "it was just time" to close the hardware store after 54 years in business. (Greg Pallone, staff)