End of the line for Fleeger's PRO Hardware

Fleeger's PRO Hardware -- once a three-store Toledo, Ohio-area hardware chain -- is closing its last remaining store after 65 years in business.

An article in the Toledo Blade quotes co-owner Laura Fleeger-Koenig: "In past recessions we've done better because people have been cutting back but fixed up their homes themselves. But that didn't happen this time with the foreclosure issue."

Fleeger's, which at one time operated three stores, closed a store in 1998 and closed its original store in 2009. The final store, now closing, is located on South Byrne Road, in Toledo.  

The company's Web site offered a good-bye message to customers, including a thoughtful final word: "Throughout our 65 year history, we have been driven to serve our customers and our community with the values passed down from the previous generations including integrity, honestly, hard-work, service, sharing of our knowledge, as well as our compassion for others in our community who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families."