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Longtime customer Brad Maasen makes one of his last purchases at Eiken Store in Taos as Susie Eiken rings up the sale. Susie has worked at the store full time since her retirement in 1998, but worked almost every night prior to that. Her brother, Ed Eiken, is the store’s owner and will be closing it in a few weeks.

Longtime customer Brad Maasen makes one of his last purchases at Eiken Store in Taos as Susie Eiken rings up the sale. Susie has worked at the store full time since her retirement in 1998, but worked almost every night prior to that. Her brother, Ed Eiken, is the store’s owner and will be closing it in a few weeks. Photo by Julie Smith.

One of the fixtures of Taos is about to close its doors.

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Eiken’s Store at Route M Road circa 1956.

Eiken’s Food Store and Hardware will close its doors forever on Oct. 21, ending a 106-year family and community tradition.

Ed Eiken, owner and community fixture, said the store was opened in 1905 by Herman and Elizabeth Eiken, his grandparents, in the stone building next to the school.

That building is now home to another relative.

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