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Hohnecker's in Dubuque to close after more than 70 years

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70-year-old Dubuque family business Hohnecker's closing later this year 70-year-old Dubuque family business Hohnecker's closing later this year
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Hohnecker's, a 70-year-old family business in Dubuque, announced this week plans to permanently close in a few months.

Hohnecker's opened near the Mississippi River in Dubuque in 1944 as a china and glass wholesale shop. It has since grown into its current iteration as a gift store, at its 2200 JFK Road location since 1985.

In fact, owner John Hohnecker said, at one point in the 1990s, his business was the largest gift store in Iowa.

Hohnecker took over running the family business from his father 42 years ago and says he sees the gift industry changing.

"It's more competitive now because you have the Internet, you have big box competitors, and the demographic is changing," Hohnecker said. "The younger generation aims more toward gifts in technology."

He said he and his wife are now ready to retire, adding they'll have grandchildren and travel to keep them busy.

The store will likely close sometime this summer, following a liquidation sale that began Thursday, Hohnecker said.

Hohnecker said he has nothing but heartfelt gratitude for all of his customers who supported the business over the years, he said, adding he's content with his decision to close.

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