Demich Family-owned Yelm Hardware building wall
Taken by Yelm Community Blog, March 18, 2013, 6pm
Rolf Boone reports in The Olympian:
“True Value Hardware in Yelm, a longtime family-run business, is set to close as a result of the slower economy, owner Scott Demich said Tuesday [March 19].
The business has been in the Demich family since 1941, beginning with Scott’s grandfather, Charles, followed by Scott’s father, Ron, then Scott and his father began working together in 1991.”
Although the Walmart store in Yelm made a dent in business activity at the hardware store, it was the overall state of the economy that finally spelled the end for the business, Scott Demich said.
‘It’s been a steady decline,’ he said. The decision to close the business, however, which will take place in the next 30 to 60 days, is somewhat of a relief, Demich said, because he no longer will have to put up with the struggles of keeping a business alive.”
Commenters to The Olympian story wrote:
– “Too bad. That has been a staple in Yelm for a long time. A lot of kids got their first jobs in that store as teens working weekends and summers there. Lots of history in that place. Good luck in your future endeavors.”
– “Its (sic) been said that most small mom and pop stores and family run stores are barely making it. They are staying open as a labor of love or out of concern for their employees becoming unemployed. Many stores, even large box stores and chain stores, are dying and shutting down.”
Kudos to the Demich Family for their footprint on Yelm, which will leave a lasting legacy, as demonstrated by their donation in 1950 of Yelm City Park.