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Morning Journal/ Mary Ann Greier
Richard and Laurie Fast stand outside their popular longtime Salem businesses, The Little Red Hen and the Muffler Man, grateful for their faithful customers, sad to be saying goodbye, and excited for the future. They’re slowing down and moving to Hendersonville, N.C. The Muffler Man closed for good last week, but The Little Red Hen is open one last time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The buildings, equipment and property will be sold during an auction at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 by Rusty Kiko.

SALEM — Parting is such sweet sorrow, but for Richard and Laurie Fast, it’s also exciting as they close the Muffler Man and The Little Red Hen and head for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“I’m really ready for a new adventure,” Laurie said Wednesday.

Her husband, Richard, who’s been known as the Muffler Man for 40 years, said he’s “just going to be a regular…

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