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The Mowers of Summer Grow Silent: Iconic Talley’s Foulk Road Garage Quietly Closes

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Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming
Wilmington resident Michael Fleming is a marketing and communications executive.

For generations – 100 years actually – Talley’s Garage has stood as a familiar, comforting landmark on Foulk Road right near Shipley, THE place to get your lawnmower tuned up for the summer season.

Earlier this spring, without any fanfare or grand announcements, Talley’s quietly did something for the very first time: they did not raise their gaping, old-school garage doors to welcome the landscaper and homeowner business they had for the century before.

James W. “Jim” Talley, Sr.

Talley’s closure was occasioned by the passing of family patriarch James W. “Jim” Talley, Sr., in December of last year.  Talley’s obituary said he was a lifelong resident of the eponymous Talleyville (naturally), named for his Brandywine Hundred forebearers, and he “grew up within walking distance from his home to the family business Talley’s Inc.

The business employed his father Norman, his older brother Len Talley, himself, and his son Jimmy.  The 80-year old Talley was said to be working 11-hour days at the business right up until days before his death.

A note on the door thanks customers for a century of support

Until this spring’s repair season got underway, it wasn’t a sure thing that the longstanding Talley family tradition wouldn’t continue under new leadership, but word is that the property will be sold or put to other uses.

So Talley’s will join Mitchell’s Department Store and other legendary local establishments that have moved on to inhabit only corners of the memories of those who grew up in the sprawling suburbs north of Wilmington.


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