Brueggemann’s goes out with head held high

Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

 

Don’t think of it as the death of a retailer that’s been serving the New Haven community for almost 100 years.

Rick Wolf instead wants to celebrate the legacy of Brueggemann Lumber & Builders Supply – even as he closes the hardware business he has owned since 1983.

“We want to go out and be able to say, ‘Hey, we had a great ride,’ ” said Wolf, who also hosts a weekly radio show on home improvement.

Brueggemann Lumber has built strong ties with the community, serving as a polling place, collecting donations for charities, lending tools for school roofing projects, hosting fundraising events and participating in the annual Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show. Last year, the retailer helped area Amish families raise about $50,000 through fundraisers, Wolf said Friday.

The store’s final day will be April 12.

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POSTED: 03/29/14 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business