DANBURY, Conn. — Deep's Hardware, a landmark in Danbury for nearly 30 years, has closed its doors for good.
Deep's Hardware was bustling with customers Friday who were taking advantage of sales of 40 percent off.
The last sale was made at 5 p.m., as owner Jack Deep began his retirement.
One of the final shoppers was Danbury resident Michael Wright. "I've been coming in this store since my family came to this country from Jamaica," he said.
Wright said he just came in "for a hug and a handshake."
When he was young, Wright said that he would often come in with his friends for knickknacks and screws to make mailboxes.
"We couldn't ride our bikes all the way to the main hardware store so it was either here or Meeker's," said Wright, looking nostalgic.
Wright remained a regular Deep's customer. "I own Wrightway Cleaning here in Danbury and I'm alway here buying janitorial supplies," he said.
But he comes in for much more than supplies.
"I come for their expert advice. I ask them plumbing questions I wouldn't admit to anyone else that I don't know the answer to," Wright said. "You can't get that kind of personal advice anywhere else."
In addition to Deep's Hardware, at 47 North St., the Deep family had once also owned Deep's Trellis Restaurant and Deep's Market, both adjacent to the hardware store. Both have since been sold to other owners, and the market is now a C-Town grocery store.
According to the News-Times, the owner of Deep's Hardware, Jack Deep, is retiring. He tried to sell the business but was unsuccessful in finding a buyer, the News-Times story said.