Change can be hard, especially when a small town business closes its doors after more than 25 years of service to the community.
Henry Schaeffer II from Henry’s Home for Less said the time has come to sell all inventory and follow another path.
“It’s kind of hard to reconcile because there is so much community born out of this store, the relationships, the people … and a lot has happened here," Schaeffer said.
Even though the store will liquidate and rent out the buildings come December, the family will by no means stop giving back to the community.
Schaeffer wanted to make an adjustment in his life to focus more on spending quality time with his wife and family and helping other men balance work and family life.
He accepted a three-year position with the Together Men's Ministry that meets at the local Christian Life Assembly church focusing on helping men be better and stronger in providing support for their families. This group of more than 80 men meets weekly and is open to the community.
“If we invest in men, we get to the hearts of men, then we get to the hearts of the family and the hearts of the community and that’s the vision God gave us,” Schaeffer said.
He added, “Everybody has to make the right adjustments, everyone has a decision to make, but I realized when I take the initiative, things change."
He also felt the hardware business was not the best path for using his strengths and abilities.
The family business was started by Schaeffer’s father in 1994, when a small warehouse was stocked with appliances to build houses for the community.
In 2006, the business was devoted to opening a full-time local hardware store that stocks paint, plumbing supplies, lighting and other household goods.
The community wanted to shop locally and from a company that focused on maintaining great relationships, providing merchandise that is readily accessible, and a business that keeps other residents in the community working.
The business also sold merchandise through an online store, and some years this helped keep the business going.
"The customer service is a lot more one-on-one and you can custom match things. I will miss the personal connection with the employees and the loyalty that they show to the customer," said Adam Knowles from Adam Knowles Painting.
He added that Henry's Home for Less is much better than other major hardware stores. It's the little details such as calling in an order and having it ready for pick-up that matter, Knowles said, and the prices are more affordable for his painting business.