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Bethel Feed liquidates merchandise, closes
Sitting in a circle of folding chairs near the entrance of the now-empty Bethel Feed Store, manager Steve Littleton, his brother Gary, son Stephen and fellow store employee Jason Jensen were busy last Friday selling off the last of the stores merchandise.
Friday was the culmination of a week-long liquidation sale. The Littletons and Jensen sold everything left in the store, including the shelves the merchandise sat on, for cash.
According to Steve Littleton, who worked at Bethel Feed for 30 years, the store closed on April 29. Gary Littleton worked at the store for 22 years, Stephen for six and Jensen for four.
The owner sold the property to Home Depot, Littleton said. We found out the store was closing on March 26.
Lees than a month later, Bethel Feed officially closed its doors.
That last day was crazy, Littleton said.
Business trickled through on Friday, with longtime customers coming in to pick over the remaining wares marked 80 percent off.
You guys closing up? one customer joked as he came into the cavernous space previously piled high with bags of feed and miscellaneous tools.
Nah, were just a little short on inventory, Littleton shot back, laughing.
Despite a cavelier attitude, Littleton said he, and all the stores employees, were sad to go.
He said he doesnt know what hes going to do now.
Were working for the next hour and a half and then were retired, Littleton said. I guess well start looking for something else.