Ludewig's in Teaneck to Close

Queen Anne Road hardware store has been in town for the past 100 years.

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Ludewig's Hardware is set to close after more than 100 years in Teaneck, the shop's owner confirmed Tuesday. 

Merrick Fradkin, the owner, said the difficult decision was prompted by a shrinking customer base and rising costs. 

"The whole mentality of people going to a small business has stopped," he said. "A lot of people are just after price rather than service and quality." 

A final sale is set to begin March 12, Fradkin said. The shop will likely shut down in early April. 

"It got to the point where I was in business to pay bills and that's just not the right way to go about it," Fradkin said in an interview. 

The store has been in Fradkin's family for 45 years. Fradkin took over the store from his father in 2000.

"If you just look at the number's it's an easy decision," Fradkin said. "Once you add the emotional factor in that makes it extremely difficult." 

Fradkin described the decision as an "emotional roller-coaster." 

"I'm upset that it had to come down to this because I do care about the community and it needs a hardware store," he said. "Business-wise it's the right thing to do, but emotionally it just doesn't feel right." 

Fradkin's family owns the store's Queen Anne Road building, which is up for sale. 

The shop has a reputation locally for going beyond just selling hardware essentials, offering customers personalized service and advice on projects.

Ludewig's has become the latest longtime Teaneck small business to shut down. Cedar Lane Cinema's and Louie's Charcoal Pit closed last year. 


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John Santaella March 03, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Walmart workers must eat too and Walmart only pays enough so they can only afford to shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's.
Bean March 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Too sad so many businesses are closing in Teaneck. Is Ludewig's or Louie's big enough to become an arcade? Would be a big draw for the young folks, who have little to go to locally. Can the township's business mgmt communicate with quality businesses; like the Scholastic store, showing Teaneck's wonderful demographics, instead of settling for more chain stores to move in?
Concerned April 05, 2013 at 07:19 PM
On behalf of all us Fradkin's, [Merrick’s wife, Michele speaking here] we have been humbled by everyone’s outpour of gracious and generous expressions of gratitude and appreciation. I am confident in saying that each day greeting everyone in the Teaneck community has been a pleasure, a learning, and rewarding. The jokes and laughter have carried into our homes and the stories forever in our hearts! The family we have in Teaneck will always be, and the memories a keepsake. Thank you everyone for making this an era of remarkable stance and a foundation of what’s yet to come! Please stop in Saturday, April 5th, as Ludewig’s says thank you and share in a toast to an era of remarkable stance and salute to a future yet to come!
Concerned April 05, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Saturday April 6th...ooops.
Lisa Dee April 06, 2013 at 10:09 PM
You expect Teaneck to approve a business that makes money. They are killing themselves on zoning board that they allowed Dunkin Donuts in. No money making in Teaneck. Rules are rules. They have followed this for years now we are reaping the rewards.


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