From left, Briggs Hardware customer Mark Vineyard of Wake Forest, NC pays for his purchases of hardware to long-time Briggs employee Connie Cole during Vineyard's midday Tuesday, June 16, 2015 visit to the family-owned business on Atlantic Avenue. The Briggs Hardware store, now in its sixth generation, moved to 2533 Atlantic Avenue in 1995 from its historic original four story ca. 1865 Briggs Hardware building in the 200 block of Fayetteville Street downtown. The economic downturn and the rise of big box hardware stores are factors in the declining business fortunes of the Briggs Hardware store, which will close for good after nearly 150 years on July 10, 2015.
From left, Briggs Hardware customer Mark Vineyard of Wake Forest, NC pays for his purchases of hardware to long-time Briggs employee Connie Cole during Vineyard's midday Tuesday, June 16, 2015 visit to the family-owned business on Atlantic Avenue. The Briggs Hardware store, now in its sixth generation, moved to 2533 Atlantic Avenue in 1995 from its historic original four story ca. 1865 Briggs Hardware building in the 200 block of Fayetteville Street downtown. The economic downturn and the rise of big box hardware stores are factors in the declining business fortunes of the Briggs Hardware store, which will close for good after nearly 150 years on July 10, 2015. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com
From left, Briggs Hardware customer Mark Vineyard of Wake Forest, NC pays for his purchases of hardware to long-time Briggs employee Connie Cole during Vineyard's midday Tuesday, June 16, 2015 visit to the family-owned business on Atlantic Avenue. The Briggs Hardware store, now in its sixth generation, moved to 2533 Atlantic Avenue in 1995 from its historic original four story ca. 1865 Briggs Hardware building in the 200 block of Fayetteville Street downtown. The economic downturn and the rise of big box hardware stores are factors in the declining business fortunes of the Briggs Hardware store, which will close for good after nearly 150 years on July 10, 2015. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com

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