Madelynne Scales | Staff Photographer

Tuttle Lumber Company closes after 65 years

The owner of the Tuttle Lumber Company has decided to close the store after more than 60 years of operation.

Don Gilbreath, owner, said in an interview with Impact News he lost his “passion” for the store during the recession. He cannot ask his employees to put their lives “on hold” when the company’s future is uncertain. He attempted to regain passion for the store but with no success.

The announcement was made on Jan. 30, according to Impact News.

Long-term employees are saddened by the news, said Trish Simpson, administrative assistant at Tuttle Lumber. She said most employees have been around for many years and act like a family. Simpson has been with the company for 24 years.

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