Maki Electric Home Hardware to close by end of month
The owners of Mäki Electric Home Hardware in Hearst pose for a photo. Pictured from left is Elsa Perman, Sivi Mäki, and Eero Keltamäki, alongside a photo of the store's original owner and Elsa and Eero's father Eero Mäki.
HEARST: One of Hearst's local businesses, Mäki Electric Home Hardware will be closing its doors on December 30.
Eero Keltamäki, who owns the store alongside his sister Elsa Perman, said that after being open for 42 years, the family-owned store will be closing.
Mäki Electric Home Hardware first opened in 1975, as part of Keltamäki's father's plans to grow his business.
“My dad, Eero Mäki, had a contracting business 67 years ago, and when business got big he decided to invest in a hardware store so that he could hire someone to run the store and do the books for him,” Keltamäki said. “That was 42 years ago. He had traded properties for the hold Husky gasbar and restaurant, and then he converted it into a hardware store. Slowly as time went on, he enjoyed the hardware business more than the contracting, so he let that go.”
He said that one of the factors involved with the decision was the town getting smaller and smaller.
“The town has been getting smaller, and there's too many businesses carrying the same articles, every pharmacy, every grocery store carries some of the same things that we sell, and sometimes in retail its time.”
For the family, the business' closure will mark the end of an era.
“My mom Sivi Mäki still works in the store, she's 87 years old and she's here every day,” Keltamäki said. “Everyone knows her and calls her Mummu, it means grandma in Finnish.”
“I was 19 when we first put the shelving up here, and I'm 60 now.”
Maki Electric Home Hardware will close on Dec. 30.