Historic family business expects final day around end of February

The closing of Weakley-Watson True Value Hardware at 1414 Austin Ave., Brownwood, was announced Wednesday by Mike Blagg, president of Weakley-Watson, Inc.

Blagg said the last day of business is anticipated to be around the end of February.

“Our company’s owners are all reaching retirement age,” Blagg said. “I and my brothers Bill and John Lee represent the fifth generation of the Weakley, Watson, and Blagg families to own and operate the business.

“Over the past 140 years, our company has been in many different businesses and has had locations in 10 different Texas cities,” Blagg continued. “We are profoundly grateful for the support of our customers from Brown County and Central and West Texas over the years. And we will always treasure the hundreds of loyal employees who have made our business successful.”

Weakley-Watson is the oldest Brownwood business under continuous operation, having been founded in 1876.

Blagg emphasized that the 140-year history of Weakley-Watson will continue unbroken, just under different ownership, through Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods in Early.

“Purchased by the David Furry family in 2013, the Sporting Goods store will continue the proud history of Weakley-Watson, from 1876 to the 21st century,” the announcement by Blagg stated.