The pink and neon green signs created a festive checker-board display in the front of the stone building on Main Street— as they were in fact designed to do— but the message on the largest of the signs was anything but festive.
“Store closing,” it simply said.
Most residents learned that the store would be going out of business when the colorful signs were placed in the windows of Newcastle Hardware over the weekend, but others were informed when they received a letter inviting them personally to a “huge store closing sale.”
“We are closing our doors forever. All of our merchandise, store fixtures, furniture and equipment must be sold,” the letter signed by owners Chris and Janet Mueller states.