Retzlaff’s to close hardware operations

Mainstay of New Ulm retail for 131 years

NEW ULM — The owners of Retzlaff’s Ace Hardware and Paint are planning to close the hardware portion of the business, the owners announced today.

In an ad in today’s Journal, Retzlaff’s is announcing a liquidation sale. Owners Brad and John Retzlaff said it is a retirement sale and a celebration of 131 years of successful business, involving only the hardware portion of the business. Retzlaff’s marine and marine accessories business, its small engine repair shop, and its Ariens snowblower departments will remain in business.

Retzlaff’s has been a mainstay of the New Ulm retail community for 131 years. Over the decades it has adapted and changed several times. It was founded by F.H. Retzlaff in 1887.

In 1987, as the business was celebrating its 100th anniversary, Mark Retzlaff described the original store as a hardware section on one side. On the other side the business sold horses, carriages, farm equipment and later automobiles. Mark’s father, Waldemar Retzlaff, and two other businessmen started the Our Own Hardware cooperative concept in 1917. The business evolved into a full hardware store in 1949.

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