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Birds & Butterflies closing soon because owners are retiring

June 9, 2018 GMT

Birds & Butterflies soon will be closing for good after serving customers in downtown Aiken for more than 20 years.

The store’s owners, Ron and Dori Brenneman, are retiring.

“We’ve reached retirement age, and we’re ready to retire and move on,” Ron said.

The Brennemans put Birds & Butterflies up for sale around six months ago, but failed to find a buyer willing to give them the amount of money they wanted.

“It just didn’t work out,” Ron said. “We had several interested parties, but we only got one lowball offer.”

Birds & Butterflies’ retirement sale began June 8.

“Pretty much our entire inventory is 25 percent off,” Ron said. “We’re going to try to have everything wrapped up by the end of June. We’ll keep ordering birdseed right up until the end.”

In addition to birdseed, Birds & Butterflies sells bird feeders, birdhouses, birdbaths, T-shirts and a variety of gift items for nature lovers.

Birds & Butterflies got its start in Murrells Inlet, and the Brennemans later purchased the purchased the business and moved it to Aiken.

After Birds & Butterflies opened in November 1997, the Brennemans expanded and diversified its product line.

Birds & Butterflies is at 117 Laurens Street N.W.