The end of an era’s approaching in Corning. Turner’s Department store is closing after 134 years in business. Nancy Turner says it was a tough decision, but she says they decided it was time to close the store because of the evolution of the retail industry which demanded competitive changes the store was hard-pressed to make while still making a profit. Nancy and her husband are the fifth generation of Turners to run the store, which see says was the toughest thing about the decision.Turner says the store, which has sold men’s and women’s clothing as well as fabric and notions, had very low employee turnover and considered both employees and customers family.Turner’s has been closed the past week, and reopened Friday for a final close-out sale that concludes on Sunday. They’ve found a few treasures in the basement that are sentimental.A.B. Turner, Senior, founded Turner’s Department Store in 1868. The store was also owned and managed by former Iowa Governor Dan Turner.
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