After nearly two decades, Youngsville Home and Garden is closing its doors.
According to owner Nick Brunecz, after opening in May of 1994, the store will hold its last normal business day on April 5.
Beginning on March 18, Brunecz said he will be working to reduce inventory until April 5 before holding a final liquidation auction on April 12.
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Youngsville Home and Garden
"I'll be offering reduced prices to reduce inventory," he said on Tuesday. "I'll hold an auction to liquidate on April 12 and that'll be it."
Brunecz said that the decision to close the store came about after much consideration and wasn't an easy one to make.
"It was just a lot of factors," Brunecz said of the decision. "This building, this business has been here for a lot of years. It was a really tough decision."
He noted that prior to purchasing the store, he spent 18 years working with Agway, and he's ready to move on to new things.
"Twenty years went by really fast," Brunecz said. "I've worked in the agriculture industry for 38 years. I've got a couple things I'm working on. I'll be moving on to something new."
A new owner is already lined up for the property but will not, however, be continuing the business.
"The new buyers will actually be taking this down," he said, referring to the current building, "putting in a new... facility."
The closing was also announced to Youngsville Borough Council during its meeting on Monday.
"After a lot of work by the zoning committee and our offices the Agway is going to be closing," Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg reported. "After that the building will be demolished and a new business will be opening there."
Council members expressed regret over the closing.
Brunecz, meanwhile, said it's the people he'll miss.
"It's been great in the Youngsville area," he said. "It's been a great community. The staff and Lisa at the borough have been wonderful to work with. That's the biggest thing I'll miss, just the people, the community I see every day."