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Dodge clocks out for the last time


July 14, 2021

FRED DODGE is retiring from Hoy's Hardware after nearly 30 years.

To say that Fred Dodge is one of the most-recognized faces in Sweet Home is no exaggeration.

Dodge retired Sunday, July 11, from Hoy's Hardware, where he's been the answer man for decades to all types of home repair and upgrade questions.

"Everybody knows me," he said last week as he pondered the finish line. "When they come to the store, it's 'Where's Fred?'" (Disclaimer: The reporter can attest; he has uttered those very words on numerous occasions.)

"He's been the centerpiece of our store," said Hoy's President Greg Mahler. "He's been the go-to person for bona fide knowledge and he's...

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