The coronavirus pandemic and government efforts to slow its spread have made this one of the most unusual times in the 60-year history of Heth’s Hardware Hank & Rental in downtown La Crescent, Minn.
The store at 32 S. Walnut St. is owned by Bob Heth and his wife, Jennifer Heth, who hope to hold a celebration of the store’s long history sometime this year, reports Steve Cahalan for the La Crosse Tribune.
Heth’s Hardware has about 18 employees, including Bob’s sister, Sue Skoug. Bob’s brother, Dan, worked there until last year, when he left for another job. “He still helps me out on occasion,” Bob said of Dan.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the store’s employees are wearing masks and customers are encouraged to do the same. “We’re trying to practice social distancing” for both customers and employees, Heth said.
Heth’s Hardware has always offered curbside pick-up service, Heth said. “I’ve always had customers who have walking issues, who would call us and we’d carry things out to them” at their car.
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