‘You name it, we had it:’ Two women of Gahanna Hardware reflect on store ahead of its January closure

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GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) — For two central Ohio women, and generations of customers, late January will mark the end of an era for a storefront that largely stuck to its roots: selling a little bit of everything.

Gahanna Hardware, an old Gahanna mainstay that offers hand tools and paints and wind chimes, is set to shutter at the end of January. In December, owner Twyla Edgell announced the decision via Facebook.

The hardware store’s looming last days — with a targeted Jan. 28 close — bookend near seven decades for a business that has evolved through three locations and three owners.

Edgell has been at the helm since 2014, when she bought Gahanna Hardware from the daughter of Gene Lynch, its original owner. Lynch’s daughter Barbara, now 84, ran the store after her father died. She was the first person Edgell called when Edgell decided to close.

“This was her father’s adventure,” Edgell said in an interview.

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