Antigo's World of Wood closing shopSubmitted: 05/14/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

ANTIGO - For 38 years, homes, garages and even picnic tables could be built with supplies from "Great Lakes Hardwoods and World of Wood".

Now the Antigo business is closing its doors.

Owner Peter Pennington says it's simply time to retire.

His father started the wholesale lumber and building center in 1975.

Over the decades, Peter says it's been a true family business.

"Lumber and trees has been in my family forever. My great-grandfather was a logger, my dad was a logger when he was young and he got to be selling whole sale lumber from Menomonee County. Then when we started the wholesale yard, and 2 years later we started this lumber yard. And it's just been a family thing, kind of my dad's dream," said Pennington.

Even though he's going to miss people coming into his store every day, he feels pride when driving down the streets of Antigo.

"It's kinda neat when you drive down the road and say, 'Geeze, I sold that guy that roof, or we put that siding on that house or do you see that garage back there? Last year we had that built for the guy.' It's going to be neat to drive down the road and see all the things that you supplied lumber to and building materials all the last 10 years," said Pennington.

Peter hopes people remember him as the "Wood guy from the North side".

You can still visit him at World of Wood.

Everything at the store is for sale, including the land, buildings and equipment.

They hope to have everything gone in 8 weeks.

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