Family-owned Golden hardware store closes after 76 years

“I need time to spend with my family,” said co-owner Steve Schaefer. The store plans to donate leftover items to Habitat for Humanity.

GOLDEN, Colo. — Meyer Hardware in Golden has been in Steve Schaefer’s family for three generations and 76 years.

“My grandparents started the store in 1945,” Schaefer said, standing next to the register he trained on in the 1960s, which was on display at the store.

Ownership of the business went down from his grandfather, to his father, and then to him and his wife.

On Saturday, the store took its final customers and Schaefer turned off their “open” sign for the final time.

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