Grimm True Value for sale

A long-time business on Main Street is up for sale. The owners will continue to reduce their inventory and not liquidate, as long as there are parties interested in purchasing.

Kenny and Connie Grimm – owners of Grimm True Value – put the business up for sale at the beginning of 2018 after owning it for 38 years.

“In 1979, Jack Mock of Farmers State Bank contacted us to see if we would be interested in opening a Gambles Hardware store,” C. Grimm said. “After some thought, we opened Gambles at 831 Main [in Sabetha]. In 1982, we purchased the Sabetha Hardware, formally Davis Hardware, where we are located now.”

C. Grimm said after many years in business, it is time for them to retire.

“After several expansions and over 38 years, we find ourselves at an age calling us to retire,” she said. “We’re at a time in our lives to venture out and do the things we had no time to do.”

One of the first things they plan to do is to go visit their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, who moved to Belgium last year.

“Of course, Belgium is the first place we plan to travel to,” C. Grimm said. “We are not getting any younger and as you know, life is short.”

“Hopefully, the business will sell,” C. Grimm said. “As long as we have parties interested in purchasing, we will not liquidate but continue to reduce our inventory. We will consider renting or selling the buildings with or without the inventory.”

Over the course of 39 years, C. Grimm said they have experienced a lot of changes.

“We have seen a lot of changes in the business over the years,” she said. “Ordering merchandise in our early years was done by catalogs, then we used microfiche and now computers. You don’t see salesmen very often now, where it used to be a couple times a week or more. In our opinion, big retail boxes like Wal-Mart, Menards and Lowes use to be the biggest competitive threat to small town businesses, but now watch out for the internet such as Amazon. Small hometown retail shops will never be the same.”

With their business up for sale, but their desire to slow down and travel, the Grimms said selling the business is bittersweet.

“We’ve been on Main Street almost every day for 46 years — seven years operating a beauty shop and almost 39 years with the hardware business,” C. Grimm said. “Leaving this aspect of our lives will be bittersweet. Bitter, because we will miss our customers tremendously, but sweet to enter a more relaxed time of our lives.”

About the Grimms

Kenny and Connie have two children – Turi and Ryan – who both grew up and worked in the store. Turi, her husband Nate, and their three children Elyse, Tavin and William live in Belgium. Turi currently is working as a pediatric occupational therapist at the American-International school of SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) near Mons, Belgium. She works with children with disabilities from NATO and Partnership in Peace countries. Ryan is living in Lawrence and is the owner of Essential Inspections – a house and radon inspection business.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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