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July 9, 2014

A-1 Appliance closes its Duncan store

DUNCAN — After 41 years in business, A-1 Appliance closed its doors in Duncan last week.

Dennis Johnson, the Duncan state representative who owned the store with his brother Dan, said the decision was a move he knew was on the horizon in the near future.

“I’m 60 years old. I don’t want to be doing this when I’m 90,” Johnson said Tuesday.

The decision to close now rather than a few years down the road was sealed when Johnson said his longtime store manager, Shawnda Seely, decided to take a job with the Stephens County Election Board.

Seely had managed the Duncan appliance store for 24 years, but wanted to take the election board job for the benefits that came with the position,  Johnson said.

Johnson, a former mayor of Duncan, noted that Dewane      (cq)  Pearson, who provided service for A-1’s customers the past 15 years, plans to “hang out his own shingle” and continue maintaining and repairing appliances for customers.

A-1, which opened in Duncan in 1973,  closed doors at its store at Osage and U.S. Highway 81 for the last time on June 30 but still operates its parts store in Lawton, which opened in 1986.

Johnson said business remains brisk at the Lawton location, which serves the Fort Sill area.

“It’s been a lot more hours cause we’re moving stock and closing down accounts,” he said.

In time, though, Johnson expects he will have to work fewer hours now that the Duncan store is closed. Johnson said he will continue to reside in Duncan.

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