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Article posted: 1/5/2013 8:00 AM

Libertyville hardware store owner says it's time to retire

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Ed LeJeune is looking to sell the Libertyville True Value, which has been in the family for over 40 years. LeJeune and his brother took over the store after their father's death in 1975.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Ed LeJeune, owner of the Libertyville True Value, has put the business up for sale on eBay and Craigslist. The family moved to Libertyville from Chicago in 1967, when his father, Gene, bought the business.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Ed LeJeune helps Tracy Lundman, of Libertyville, with a key purchase at the Libertyville True Value. The LeJeune family has operated the store on Milwaukee Avenue since 1967.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

The Libertyville True Value hardware store has been operated by the LeJeune family since 1967. This photo is from the 1970s.

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The True Value hardware store on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville is for sale on eBay for $495,000.

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The True Value hardware store on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville has been family owned since 1967. But the last of the clan involved in the daily business, Ed LeJeune, wants to call it a career. The business is for sale on eBay and Craigslist. "I hate to liquidate it, it's been here so long and people like it. It would be a sad thing to do. We'll see how it plays out," LeJeune said.
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    • Ed LeJeune is looking to sell the Libertyville True Value, which has been in the family for over 40 years. LeJeune and his brother took over the store after their father’s death in 1975.
    • Ed LeJeune, owner of the Libertyville True Value, has put the business up for sale on eBay and Craigslist. The family moved to Libertyville from Chicago in 1967, when his father, Gene, bought the business.
    • Ed LeJeune helps Tracy Lundman, of Libertyville, with a key purchase at the Libertyville True Value. The LeJeune family has operated the store on Milwaukee Avenue since 1967.
    • The Libertyville True Value hardware store has been operated by the LeJeune family since 1967. This photo is from the 1970s.
    • The True Value hardware store on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville is for sale on eBay for $495,000.
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