Pequannock hardware store to close after nearly 90 years

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A Morris County hardware store will be closing after nearly nine decades in business.

Jones Hardware on Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pequannock has been around for 89 years. But the owners say that the pressure from big-box stores and online retailers has been too much and they have decided to close.

The Jones family has owned the shop for three generations.

"Grandpa started it in 1929. Started as all farm equipment, fertilizers, hardware also,” says Robbie Jones.

Robbie Jones says that his father ran the store from 1945 and he joined full time in 1970.

"We used to sell baseball gloves. We sold fishing tackles, ammunitions, guns. I remember selling toasters and blenders. It wasn't a big population. There was no one else around,” he says.

Jones Hardware would also give customers free step-by-step instructions for the hardware that was old.

“Seven days a week, he works behind the scenes. I mean he's never done.  People knock on our doors, people come in the backyard,” says Robbie’s wife Nancy Jones.

Jones Hardware may close on Aug. 8, Robbie Jones’ 67th birthday.

A Chase Bank will open in the hardware store’s place.

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