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TELL CITY – Signs on the front doors of Tell City's Thriftway, a lumber and building-supplies store on Indiana 66, announced the business' closure Friday. The Owensboro, Ky.,-based company mailed letters to customers about the closure. In it Thriftway President Ken Lawson said the decision was based on the local economy.
"This very tough decision comes after several months of analyzing and exploring every option available, but due to economic situations and a continued stagnant economy, we are left with no alterative options," he wrote.
Thriftway's Owensboro store will remain open and the area will be served by a local account manager.
Speaking Wednesday afternoon, Lawson praised the store's employees and encouraged local companies to consider them when they have openings. He said eight workers, most of them full time, were impacted by the closure.
"They'll make great workers. They're wonderful people," he said. "I can't say enough good things about the people of Perry County."
The building that housed Thriftway Lumber is owned by by a subsidiary of Ramsey Development, Lawson said. He called the company a "wonderful landlord."