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Posted: January 15th, 2013
Crawford County business closes its doors after more than 90 years

It was a hardware, a feed mill and a pet food store. It was also a place where you could find marigold seeds in the spring, snow shovels in the winter and everything you might need to fix a fence.

And for the last 90 years, the Cochranton Co-operative Association, located at 36 W. Pine St. in Cochranton, was also a center of gravity in this Crawford County borough of about 1,200 people.

But on Saturday, the Co-op, as most called it, closed its doors after years of declining sales.

The business, which was owned by member farmers, was founded in 1922.

“It’s pretty sad,” said Fran McClain, the borough manager. “It’s a big loss to the community. It’s been a business that has served the community and surrounding farmers for years. I think everyone is going to miss it.”

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