After 91 years, Horn Seed Company closes its doors

After
91 years in business, Horn Seed Company, 1409 Northwest Expressway, is
closing its doors due to two years of extreme temperatures, hail and –
more recently – a July 15 fire in its warehouse that claimed about 80
percent of the company’s inventory, along with all of its Christmas
inventory.

Its
fourth-generation owners, David and Beverly Shumake, are saddened by the
decision, but with deteriorating health issues and the devastation to
their store, they felt they were left with no choice.

“We’re still crying, and I don’t think we’ll ever stop,” Beverly Shumake said.

The
couple already had to meet a large deductible earlier this year after
the hailstorm. Since the fire, which she said officials believe was started by old electrical wiring in the
warehouse, they’re still trying to iron things out with the insurance
company.

“The
last two years have been two of our worst,” she said. “It’s put a huge
strain on us. And we are both disabled right now, so it’s really hard
for us to try to carry on.”

The
Shumakes had two other Horn Seed locations, 2105 S. Robinson and 7405 S.
May, which they consolidated to the original store on Northwest
Expressway a few years ago as their health issues mounted.

“We’re
trying to see that when one door closes, another one opens, and there
will be a new chapter to our lives,” Shumake said. “But right now, it’s
just sad.”

The combined square footage of the retail store and warehouse is
approximately 11,700, according to county assessor records, with a
market value of $387,000.

An exact closing date has not yet been determined. Until then, all inventory is marked down between 40% and 50%.

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