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Friday, November 18, 2011

A long-standing Clay County business has temporarily closed its doors. Those wishing to conduct business at Pell's, East United States 40, Brazil, Friday, saw a "Closed Until Further Notice," sign on the front entrance. Owner and operator Dan Pell would not comment on this issue, other than to say he was not sure how long "further notice," might mean. Pell said the business has been operational for approximately 50 years. [Order this photo]

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The last time I was there the shelves were practically bare!

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 8:42 PM

no surprise, shelfs and stock have been low for a long time.

-- Posted by clycogrl on Fri, Nov 18, 2011, at 8:47 PM

Sad to see them go if they do. The economy and Walmart have hurt them a lot. Been going there for a long time and still miss the old buildings too.

-- Posted by soccerdadwithattitude1 on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 4:03 AM

Hate to see this,They have always had what I need.

-- Posted by kd323 on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 7:48 AM

I don't think Wal Mart hurt Pell's, Sam's maybe, the owners burn out with the place?

The Terre Haute stores hurt them more than Wal Mart did. The cost of copper and brass being so high you have to travel extra miles to save on it.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 10:04 AM

For me, it came down to prices. I do lots of remodeling and such. If I need more than about $50 in supplies, it paid more than my gas to drive to Menards. I loved having a place close to home, and Pells will be missed, if in fact they are closed for good.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Sat, Nov 19, 2011, at 7:03 PM

Pell's Bargain Mart is definitely an icon in Brazil. I worked there fresh out of HS myself. I'll be sad to see them go, but I can tell you one thing .. I've always gone there for the small fix-it jobs that need done.

As a female, it's difficult to find that "personal touch" in the bigger stores - or salesmen who won't try to sell me something I don't need.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 12:11 PM

What really hurt Pell's was the fire. Their business went down after that. But that is my opinion. Sure major home stores like Menard's and Lowe's definitely didn't help either. Wal-Mart has never even been in the same grouping as Pell's so very unlikely that was the cause. And now that most everything can be ordered online people find it easier to click than drive.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 2:28 AM

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