Back Bay Hardware, 221 Newbury St., is closing forever on Oct. 31, after 76 years in business. Lex Stevens, who has owned the store the last 25 years, tries to explain the closing:
There is no simple answer as to why. There are a multitude of reasons why a small hardware store is no longer sustainable in the Back Bay.
I will be retiring to Cape Cod. Matt and Antone are seeking new opportunities. Being hardworking and ambitious, they will soon find new positions. Omar is returning to school to study coding.
It as been a joy working with all of you these past twenty five years.