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Mike’s TV, Appliance & Furniture, located at 119 S. Water St. in downtown Sparta, is currently selling out of business.

Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

STEVE CAHALAN For the La Crosse Tribune

Mike's televisions, appliances, and furniture

Mike’s TV, appliance and furniture owner Mike Haas (center right) and wife Julie (right), who run their downtown Sparta business with son Henry and daughter-in-law Stephanie, are going out of business after 47 years.

Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

SPARTA, Wisconsin – 47 years after starting the business at his father’s home improvement store, Mike Haas and wife Julie launched a sell-out at Mike’s TV, Appliance & Furniture in 119 S. Wasserstr. in downtown Sparta.

Sales began on August 13 and will continue “until inventory is exhausted,” said the couple’s son, Henry Haas, who with his wife Stephanie helps his parents run the business. The store should be closed by the end of the year.

After the retail store closes, it will remain in the equipment repair store. “The whole goal is to serve our customers with the products we have sold to them,” said Henry Haas of equipment repairs. But as equipment sales come to an end, the equipment repair business will eventually slow down, he said.

“We’ll miss it,” said Mike Haas of the retail store closure. “But let’s face it, when you’re 72 (like him) you have to slow down.” He worked 60 to 70 hours a week, and he and his wife both have health problems.

Mike’s TV, Appliance & Furniture stopped selling televisions about five years ago, said Mike Haas. “People started throwing televisions away when they broke instead of getting them fixed,” he said.

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Mike Haas started repairing televisions in his father’s shop (Art’s Hardware) in downtown Sparta when he was about 12 years old. In 1974 Mike went into business for himself, selling televisions and repairing electronics in the basement.

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