Inventory, Real Estate of 144-Year-Old Hardware Store in Spring City to Be Auctioned Off

Image via Marian Dennis, MediaNews Group.

Mowrey Latshaw Hardware Store – the 144-year-old, family-owned business that closed last November – will hold two auctions for its inventory and real estate, writes Marian Dennis for the Daily Local News.

The business already held two open houses ahead of the auctions planned for Nov. 1 and 2.

“There’s quite a bit of contents,” said Kim Douglass with Kimberly K. Auction Company. ”If it can be removed physically from the building or it can be easily detached, then we are selling it.”

In addition to basic retail content, visitors will get the chance to buy a piece of history. The store that opened in 1875 is auctioning items from its inventory, back office, and the antiques that used to decorate its walls.

Those browsing the goods will find everything from nuts and bolts to paperwork from the Reading Railroad’s early days.

“This store, other than retail, had served the general public and all the industry,” said Brad Willauer, owner of Mowrey Latshaw Hardware.

The real estate – a parcel with two connected buildings – will be sold on the second day of the auction.

Read more about Mowrey Latshaw Hardware Store in the Daily Local News here.

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