It’s a sale but sadly a liquidation sale.  Crowds gathering for the goodbye to a Houston institution, the passing of the Buffalo Hardware store. 

It began 68 years ago when WWII veteran Richard Brown opened just down the street from a lumber supply, giving free advice on how to use the tools and hardware he sold.

Mr. Brown’s advice was a mainstay of Buffalo Hardware as the toney River Oaks neighborhood grew up around it. His son Jim followed in Dad’s footsteps, but Jim is retiring himself.  With no qualified buyers in his footsteps, Houston once again loses a beloved landmark. 

Not the Valentine any longtime Houstonian expected.