Arizona Border Town Losing Last Hardware Store
(Aug. 30, 2017) Robinson’s True Value Hardware & Home Center, Nogales, Az., is the latest longtime retailer to close in the city’s beleaguered downtown.
The town’s main thoroughfares are now dotted with dozens of empty storefronts. It’s also lacking a hardware store for the first time since the 1920s.
Store owner Jim Capin said Nogales has yet to recover from the 2008 economic downturn and is seeing fewer shoppers come across the border from Mexico.
Capin’s family bought Robinson’s in the 1960s; he, his brother, and his brother-in-law then bought it in 1995.
Robinson’s is selling the last of its merchandise at 50% off, then will liquidate its fixtures and office supplies.
Capin’s company, JNG Holdings, continues to operate five other locations in Arizona and New Mexico. He’s also searching for office space in Santa Cruz County where his store manager in Nogales, Martin Medina, will maintain commercial accounts and take special orders that can be picked up by JNG’s True Value store in nearby Green Valley, Az.