JUNE 30 I HENNESSY AND SONS I CLOSING
Hennessy and Sons
Closes After 35 Years
Business has been brisker than usual this past June for Hennessy and Sons, a Columbia, Mo.-based music store, due to its going-out-of-business sale. Store owner Frank Hennessy made the decision in March to close his 35-year-old business, which primarily sold and restored pianos. The shop also sold musical equipment, songbooks and a few guitars. Its last business day was June 30.
According to a Columbia Business Times article, Hennessy cited a reduction in his revolving credit lines and “doom-and-gloom” predictions for small businesses in the media since the beginning of the recession as his reasons for closing the store. “You just look at it and say, ‘I’ve had enough,’” he said.
Hennessy’s career as a salesman started in 1967 at Hauer Music in Dayton, Ohio. After several years of combining his technical expertise with salesmanship for other retailers, Hennessy moved to Columbia, Mo., in 1975 and opened his own piano shop, which has moved to three different locations in the city over the years.
Hennessy told the Columbia Business Times he regrets having to close the business but will continue to do piano restorations and tunings.