Mills retiring after nearly 3 decades in the hardware biz: Wayne's Discount to close December 31
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by Trinity Gruenberg
Wayne’s Discount has been a staple of the community for nearly 29 years, and on December 31 they will be closing their doors.
The decision to retire by owners Wayne and Vicky Mills has been in the making for several months as they stopped ordering supplies, going to tool shows and filling their shelves with everything that remains for the clearance sale.
They bought Earl’s Discount store in 1990 from Earl and Lola Flores who had operated the store for over 20 years in several locations in town. Eventually they moved it to where Wayne’s Discount is today.
Wayne was a history major in college.
“When I came out of college, social studies teachers were a dime a dozen,” said Wayne.
Wayne was working construction at the time and was looking for a change. He purchased the store and told Vicky two weeks later.
“I had to work up my nerve,” chuckled Wayne.
Vicky took the news well.
The building used to be a bank that went broke in the 1930s and was later a café before becoming Earl’s Discount. . . .