Content about Mike Hempel

January 9, 2011

Valley Hardware, an 86-year-old hardware dealer in San Juan, Texas, closed its doors on Dec. 30, according to an article in The Monitor newspaper.

Mike Hempel, who owned Valley Hardware for 17 years, said business has been declining for the past six years, even since street repairs forced the store to close for six months. The opening of a nearby Lowe’ also eroded sales. 

November 14, 2010

The owner cited economic pressure from the recession, competition from big-box chains, a change in...