Tyler landmark closes its doors
POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:36am
TYLER, TX (KETK) — East Texas store Al H. Horaney's Inc. is closing shop at the end of the year. It's a one-stop-shop for East Texas gardeners and farmers.
"The last ten and a half years just has been a struggle, the whole ten and a half years," said Al Horaney, store owner of Al H. Horaney's in Tyler.
Horaney tells us, the hardest thing about closing the store is his customers, he says they're like family. He made the difficult decision early December to close, he says it was time. The store has been in business since 2003.
Relatives of Horaney own a seperate company in Longview called Horaney's. It has been open since 1940 and will remain open.
The Tyler store opened in 2003 on Old Jacksonville Highway then relocated to Loop 323 in the summer of 2013. It was the place to go to buy everything you need as far as farm, ranch and home supplies.
Horaney says it's been a hard time. The economy is a big problem and it takes a lot of money to run a business. He feels this is the best financial decision.
Ricky White, an Al H. Horaney's employee, understands the tough decision.
"It's the only job I've had my adult life, I started working for [Horaney's in Longview] straight out of college, so this is all I've done. This all I know,"
The Horaney's are like family to him and he feels like their adopted son, said White.
The store will close New Year's Eve.