The most important part of running the store, he said, was keeping a well-stocked inventory, full of variety. “If you don’t have everything, they go elsewhere,” he explained.
Lytle, at the bank on the other end of the block from Pritts Pro Hardware, noted the store was a “handy thing” for folks looking to buy necessities.
“He pretty much had everything they needed,” she said. “They were always friendly and helpful.”
And at the post office two blocks away, Davidson said the Pritts couple had been dependable. “You know that there’s always someone there when they say they’re going to be there,” she said.
“We don’t want him to retire,” she added. “But we know it has to happen.”
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151.