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Economy Hardware still empty

Economy Hardware — formerly the value hardware store of choice for many MIT students — still seems to be “spring cleaning.” Though it began renovations last December, a store representative said that Economy Hardware plans to reopen its location in Central Square by the end of this month. The store originally hoped to be open this spring.

Some of the space Economy Hardware used to occupy now belongs to Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), which moved in this July.

In January, Larry Friedman, owner of Economy Hardware, told The Tech that the store was not reducing its floor space because of the bankruptcy protection filed earlier in 2010. His business has been in the area for over 60 years, and he was simply looking to streamline it, he said. Friedman did not return several requests for comment.

Susan Fleischmann, CCTV Executive Director, said CCTV has seen no delays in Economy Hardware’s move-in. However, they do not know how the store’s progress is coming along.

CCTV says that their new facility has twice the number of live studios as their prior one. Thanks to their new location, CCTV has increased their opportunities to work with local arts and cultural organizations — including new-neighbors Central Square Theater and the Dance Complex — according to their website.

Economy Hardware’s two sister stores — in Boston, off the Green Line at Symphony, and in Brookline, off the Green Line at Saint Mary’s — are continuing operations as usual.

­—Adisa Kruayatidee