Longtime Fall Creek shop cuts bait

May 11, 2009
Fall Creek Bait & Tackle is closing after 42 years in business. Owner Barbara Hoffman plans to close the shop along Fall Creek Parkway near the Indiana State Fairgrounds after agreeing to sell the property to the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks.

The shop will be torn down to make way for a dam. The last day will be sometime in the middle of May, Hoffman said. She and her husband built the store on a narrow strip of land between the creek and Fall Creek Parkway after the old Schofield Mill burned in 1967.

Her husband died of lymphoma 22 years ago, and her son was killed in a car wreck a few weeks later. She'll be 75 this year.

Hoffman says business has always been good for the shop.

"But things change," she said. "People grow old."

She plans to retire to Brown County.
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