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Ed Eiken stands in front of the Eiken Store meat counter after years of standing behind it. The store, which has been a gathering place in Taos for many years, will close for good on Oct. 21, with an auction to sell contents, business and building on Oct. 29.

Ed Eiken stands in front of the Eiken Store meat counter after years of standing behind it. The store, which has been a gathering place in Taos for many years, will close for good on Oct. 21, with an auction to sell contents, business and building on Oct. 29. Photo by Julie Smith.

Few people, if anyone, in Taos don’t know who Ed Eiken is.

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A third generation businessmen and owner of Eiken’s Food Store and Hardware in the small Cole County town, Eiken said he does not like the focus to be on him, but on his family, who have helped him through the years, and the small town that he is a native of.

“I want everyone to know that I could not have done it without the help of family,” he said. “They helped fill in and have run the store.”

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