Just because you want or need something doesn't mean it will always be there
We have lived in this town for thirty years. That doesn't make us oldtimers. But it does mean we probably have lived here longer than the majority of people who live here now. Hibbert Lumber has been here for over seventy years but that ends after next year. The children of the founders want to retire and unless they can find someone to take over, the business will close. There is another hardware store in town but it's part of a chain and not as good as this one. There are no other lumber yards. If you need half a dozen two by fours (will that be pine or redwood?), you will be out of luck and into at least a half hour drive out of town.