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Native Son Saves Texas Hardware Store

Weakley-Watson Hardware, Brownwood, Tx., was preparing to shut its doors after 140 years when Brownwood native Weston Jacobs learned of the news while scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed.

Weakley-Watson Hardware, Brownwood, Tx., was preparing to shut its doors after 140 years when Brownwood native Weston Jacobs learned of the news while scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed. Displeased, Jacobs wanted to do something about it.

Aided by his father, Tim Jacobs, who owns an independent pharmacy in town, he decided to take action. Weston and his wife packed up and returned to Brownwood to be co-owners of the business with his parents.

Jacobs looks to update and grow the business, such as by updating the facade and adding new product lines. But he will not change the brand’s name or core values, heartening previous owner Mike Blagg.

In addition to keeping the store open for its loyal customers, the transition also allowed all the employees to keep their jobs.

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Publisher of two monthly magazines for LBM dealers and distributors—The Merchant Magazine, founded in 1922 to serve the western U.S., and Building Products Digest, formed in 1982 to serve east of the Rockies.

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