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HARD TIMES IN HARDWARE DOOM 60-YEAR-OLD SHOP STORE: A NEWHALL LANDMARK WILL BECOME JUST A MEMORY AFTER A FINAL SALE.



Byline: Jerry Berrios

Staff Writer

NEWHALL -- For 60 years, Newhall Hardware was the place to buy that tiny screw, odd-size nuts and bolts nuts and bolts
pl.n. Slang
The basic working components or practical aspects: "[proposing]
 or even the perfect doorstop doorstop - Used to describe equipment that is non-functional and halfway expected to remain so, especially obsolete equipment kept around for political reasons or ostensibly as a backup. "When we get another Wyse-50 in here, that ADM 3 will turn into a doorstop."

Compare boat anchor.
.

But the iconic i·con·ic  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon.

2. Having a conventional formulaic style. Used of certain memorial statues and busts.
 neighborhood store -- which struggled to survive in an era of big-box retailers with their acres of parking and convenient locations -- is closing its doors.

"It's kind of sad," said 56-year-old Newhall resident Steve Minetti. "It's been here so long."

Minetti was one of about 40 customers waiting for the store's doors to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the first day of the liquidation sale liquidation sale liquid (US) nVerkauf m wegen Geschäftsaufgabe .

Some customers came for the discounted prices. Others came for old times' sake. The store opened in 1947 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in August.

Neon signs neon sign nenseigne (lumineuse) au néon

neon sign neon nNeonreklame f

neon sign n
 -- "Must sell to the Bare Walls!" and "Closing Forever!" -- were posted throughout the store.

The somber mood inside the store was countered with employees scurrying scur·ry  
intr.v. scur·ried, scur·ry·ing, scur·ries
1. To go with light running steps; scamper.

2. To flurry or swirl about.

n. pl. scur·ries
1. The act of scurrying.
 around helping customers who jostled down the narrow aisles holding on to buckets that serve as the store's shopping baskets.

A yellow pad of paper sat on the front counter, urging customers to sign in and leave a message. But the paper was blank Tuesday morning as mourners preferred to give their condolences to owner Victor Feany in person.

"It's very difficult," Feany said. "One of the things that makes it difficult is the close friends and family who are here."

Owner needs a hug

Feany's mom, Dolly, 84, came from Placentia to give her son moral support and a hug.

"It's really hard on him today," she said Tuesday. "He has been here a long time."

Feany started working at the store 33 years ago and bought it from the original owner, Don Guglielmino, nine years ago.

Feany had his eye on owning a hardware store since his toddler days, his mother said. His father took him to Newhall Hardware on the former San Fernando Road San Fernando Road is a major street in the city and county of Los Angeles. It starts off in Castaic as The Old Road, passing through Santa Clarita and the Newhall Pass, where upon its intersection with Sierra Highway near the junction of the Golden State (I-5) and the  when he was just 3. The street was renamed Main Street last year in a city effort to rejuvenate re·ju·ve·nate  
tr.v. re·ju·ve·nat·ed, re·ju·ve·nat·ing, re·ju·ve·nates
1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.

2.
 the old downtown.

"He said he wanted to own a hardware store," Dolly Feany said. "This was the store."

"My dream came true," said Feany. "I had a good 30 years here. I can't complain."

Feany said he wanted to keep the store open as a landmark but it just wasn't profitable. The store closed Friday, and the liquidation sale started Tuesday.

Feany, a Lake Elizabeth Lake Elizabeth may refer to
  • Lake Elizabeth Township, Minnesota
  • Lake Elizabeth (lake) a lake in Fremont, California
 resident, said he doesn't know what he will do next.

Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  Mayor Bob Kellar was one of the visitors Tuesday morning asking Feany whether there were any other options.

"We don't want to do this," Feany told him. "This is my life."

On Tuesday, longtime customers poured into the store.

Valencia resident Bill Ding shopped at Newhall Hardware at least three times a week. A carpenter, Ding preferred the store with its Main Street-USA atmosphere to the big-box retailers.

"Here you get the straight scoop," Ding said. "If they don't have it, they will get it for you. Fair and honest."

Newhall Hardware has heart and personality, said Carolyn Lodes, a customer for 36 years.

"You wander around and see what little treasures you can find," Lodes said. "The store is irreplaceable."

Place to find anything

On Tuesday, Andy Sherry Andy Sherry (born 9 July 1943) is one of the most senior British practitioners of karate,[1] and the chief instructor of the KUGB.[2] Biography
Born in Liverpool, Andy Sherry showed an interest in the martial arts as a young man.
, a Newhall Hardware customer since 1960, said he had his eye on a chain saw, if the price was right.

He recalled a day when he needed a three-quarter-inch Easy Out screw remover and a 12-point socket for some plumbing repairs. The big chain stores in the area didn't have them.

"I come over here, and they've got it," Sherry said.

Roy Swank, a former Newhall Hardware employee, came to pay his respects and do some shopping.

When he worked at the store about 50 years ago, it was the only hardware store in the area.

"I knew everybody in town," said Swank, 74.

On Tuesday, the Castaic resident's bucket contained a spatula spatula /spat·u·la/ (spach´u-lah) [L.]
1. a wide, flat, blunt, usually flexible instrument of little thickness, used for spreading material on a smooth surface.

2. a spatulate structure.
, chip clip, lemon squeezer lemon squeezer npresse-citron m inv

lemon squeezer lemon nZitronenpresse f

lemon squeezer n
 and two bottles of fiberglass cleaner.

"I can't find it anywhere else," Swank said of the cleaner. "This is the only place that has it."

jerry.berrios(at)dailynews.com

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GOING OUT OF BUSINESS

Newhall Hardware, 24322 Main St., is holding a liquidation sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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(1 -- color) Some area residents read the signs while others go inside for the beginning of the liquidation sale at Newhall Hardware, quitting business after 60 years as a town landmark.

(2) Newhall Hardware owner Victor Feany gets a hug from his mother, Dolly Feany, on Tuesday, the first day of a store-liquidation sale. Owning the store had been his dream since he was a toddler.

Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer

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