What do you do when your long-time employer suddenly announces he’s shutting down the business? It happened to Gary Snare, a manager at Park Furniture & Appliance in Huntingdon, Pa, five years back, forcing him and his wife, Kim, to make some major life decisions. “We figured, we either had to buy the business or be unemployed,” remembers Gary. “We decided to buy.” The Snares have turned that do-or-die moment into a solid business investment, not only purchasing Park’s in 2002, but growing the retail operation so much that they opened a second branch (10,000 square feet in a strip mall in

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