WICHITA — After more than three decades in business, Jim’s Builders Hardware in Delano is closing.
“We’re just closing because of the economy,” owner Jeanne McKiernan says. “It’s really a melancholy situation. We didn’t want to close.”
McKiernan’s late husband, Jim, and a business partner started the company in Kechi in 1979. The store then moved to Delano and has been at a couple of different addresses. It’s been at 567 W. Douglas since 1987.
“This business was built around builders building homes,” McKiernan says. “Builders stopped building homes, so consequently that had a big impact on this business.
“That’s the whole thing.”
Though McKiernan says she’s in business until Oct. 31, the store already is closed to the public. Mainly, she’s now packing boxes.
McCurdy Auction will auction the property and its contents on Nov. 28.
The 5,000-square-foot building was built in 1907.
The construction market has been down for years, but McKiernan says she tried to hold out as long as she could. Finally, she decided she had to close.
“When your business isn’t making money anymore, that’s the clue.”