In Tampa area, hardware store closes

The Ace Hardware store at Tri City Plaza in Largo, Fla., has closed its doors, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times.

A hand-written sign in the store's front door explains to customers: "After 36 years, we are closing our doors. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and allowing us to be a part of yours."

The store was owned by Bob and Mary Jane Hoag, who purchased the store from its original owners in 1987, according to the article.