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Venerable Hardware Store

Hardwick’s Hardware is leaving Seattle, Wa., after 86 years due to fast-rising property taxes.

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Hardwick’s Hardware is leaving Seattle, Wa., after 86 years due to fast-rising property taxes.

Third-generation owner Dean Hardwick said his taxes have more than quadrupled over the last five years and likely will rise even more sharply in the coming year due to rezoning in the area.

The fourth generation—Hardwick’s 30-year-old son—hopes to keep the business going, but Seattle has become cost prohibitive to operate in. So the Hardwicks intend to move out of the city—and probably out of the state, perhaps into Idaho.

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