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Brazil store going out of business

Friday, November 14, 2008

McCurdy's Decorating Center, 110 W. National Ave., Brazil will be conducting a "Going Out of Business Sale Nov. 29. Clay Cunningham Photo.
On Saturday, Nov. 29, McCurdy's Decorating Center in Brazil will close, bringing an end to a building that has been independently owned since 1932.

The Retail Paint store, which also sells a variety of household items such as carpeting, lost its primary product, MAB Paint, when it was bought out last year.

Unable to sell the UAB product, store owners Bob and Margie Bryant elected to close the store, which has been in Margie's family for 57 years.

The store began its lengthy stay in Brazil in 1932 under the ownership of James McCurdy. Upon his death, McCurdy requested that his widow sell the store, and on Oct. 2, 1951, the business was purchased by Robert Dix, who kept the store in McCurdy's name, as well as carrying on many of his business practices.

Upon Dix's death in 2002, his daughter Margie, who was two weeks old at the time of her father's purchase of the store, and husband Bob took over the store.

McCurdy's will be holding its "Going Out Of Business Sale" from now until the day it will close its doors, on Nov.29. It is not yet known what will happen to the building, which is located at 110 W. National Ave., Brazil.

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I find this sad ;<

-- Posted by sassypants on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 1:36 PM

Sorry to hear that this store is closing, small town stores are usually closed due to the bigger competiton and also the economy. Sad to see you go, have a lot of fond memories of the store.

Hope this is not a sign of the times and others follow, Brazil will for sure be a ghost town.

-- Posted by maryruth51 on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 4:18 AM

I can't help but wonder how many Clay County residents drove past the McCurdy's store on the way to Terre Haute to purchase paint from Menard's or Lowe's. More than likely the paint was less expensive and the quality was better at McCurdy's. My boys played on CYF teams sponsered by McCurdy's, and my wife and I still smile when we remember Mike and Lori Mayle's daughters cheering "Go Curdy's". We all need to remember who has invested in our community. Thanks Mr. Dix, and thank you Margie, Bob and Libby. You will be missed....

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 8:17 AM

Boy I rembemer being little girl & getting to go to Mc Curdy's with Grandma. They were nice then just as they have always been.

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Nov 30, 2008, at 9:30 AM

It is very sad that another fine local business is closing. In the time of the large retail hardware store, the small family run business' suffer. So many people want convenience over quality, that they don't realize that in the time they spent driving to another town with a large outlet they would have saved the money by just running down to the corner, to a great store with friendly helpful staff.

Unfortunately now I may have to go to one of the large outlets to shop. One more local store gone. One more sign of the times.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Tue, Dec 2, 2008, at 9:54 AM

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