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Longtime Denison businesses close doors for good

DENISON -- Several mainstays in Denison are no more. Four longtime business owners have shut down their stores all within the past couple months.

After about 20 years in business, Jones Bar-B-Que closed its doors for good a few weeks ago.

"It's hard to see it go because so many people know this place," neighbor Eric Watson said.

After 30 years, Morton Street Lube, Myers Rental Center and Denison Saw and Mower are now empty, too.

"It looked like my business and some other businesses had just shut the doors one day," business owner Eric Myers said.

A "for sale" sign is now in front of where Happy Days Daycare had been for the past 37 years.

At Sam Muldrew Tire Company in downtown Denison, a notice reading "Time To Retire" taped to the front door isn't a sign of the times but rather a fact of life.

"What's occurring is a natural business cycle, family-owned businesses and then the families get older and they decide to they're going to retire. So they either have family members that want to take over or they try to sell," Tony Kaai, president of the Denison Development Alliance said.

Despite at least four longtime business owners shutting down within the past couple months, Kaai says the economy in Denison is the best it's been in years.

He points to several new businesses moving in, like a sandwich shop that'll soon replace a old fast food restaurant along Morton Street and Highway 75.

"So the environment is great in Denison, and the state of Texas to operate and own a family business," Kaai said.

Myers says he'd been planning to go out of business for the past year and half.

"I'm very humbled by the comments everybody has and 'what are we going to do now?" You feel guilty about doing it," Myers said.

He says the decision wasn't easy but, after 30 years, feels fortunate to make it by choice, not chance.

"I'm 66-years-old and there's some other things I want to do besides stand behind a counter," Myers said.

All the items inside Jones Family Bar-B-Que will be sold at a live auction at the restaurant on August 16 at 10am.