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History buff buys downtown Merrill building for antique store

6:15 PM, Jun. 18, 2013
Brion Hoffman works on a property Tuesday afternoon that he bought in downtown Merrill. He is fixing it up to turn into an antique shop.
Brion Hoffman works on a property Tuesday afternoon that he bought in downtown Merrill. He is fixing it up to turn into an antique shop.
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A rundown building in downtown Merrill will reopen as an antique store this summer, courtesy of a man whose passion is history.

Brion Hoffman, a married father of three and a third-shift manager at Wal-Mart, plans to move his antique shop Generations Antique Co., which he currently runs out of his home north of Merrill, to 811 and 813 E. First St.

With an out-of-the-way location, he said it has been difficult to keep regular hours, and he has not garnered enough traffic to maintain the business. After looking at 40 buildings, he settled on the downtown property. ...

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