Waco: City’s Oldest Retail Business Set To Close

WACO (July 8, 2014) Padgitt’s, which opened as a saddle and harness shop 144 years ago along the Brazos River near the newly constructed Waco Suspension Bridge, and later morphed into a sporting goods business and then a high-end electronics and audiovisual retailer, will close its doors for good at the end of the month.

The original owner, Tom Padgitt, paid $85 for the business, which he opened first in Bryan in 1867, but then moved to Waco in 1870.

The store was in Wilton Lanning’s family for 60 years and although Lanning sold the store nearly a decade ago, he admits he feels a little melancholy about the closing.

“It would be hard not to be sad, but on the other hand it's hard not to be glad because of the thousands of people that have been touched,” he said.

The store still provides photo processing, but just a few items remain on its shelves.

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