HARDWARE STORES

Cleveland hardware store goes out in a big way

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A neighborhood fixture is shutting its doors in Cleveland, but not before donating its entire inventory to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.

Rudy Rosales, the 74-year-old owner of Rudy’s Hardware in Cleveland’s Slavic Village, is making sure his retirement isn’t wasted on the community at large.

According to Cleveland.com, the 10,000-sq.-ft. store has been serving the neighborhood with hard-to-find products and a generous spirit for 54 years. Now, its stock will go toward all manner of causes, including the fixing up of nearby homes and the stocking of Habitat’s construction warehouse. Some will also be sold at Habitat’s nearby output ReStore, where the proceeds go toward building more homes.

Rosales has been ruling the roost since he bought the store in his early 20s. He had spent some time in the Army and was hoping to leave his desk job for an opportunity to open a hardware store. Luckily, his friend knew someone for him to talk to. 

Even though he started with nothing — he had to mortgage his family’s house to buy the store — the business was soon up and running, thanks in large part to the contractors who were in the midst of building high-rise office buildings in the 60s and 70s.

It was only when his business partner Norm Farr decided to retire this year that Rosales decided to close the book on this chapter.

His post-retirement plans? He plans to volunteer to deliver meals to senior citizens or drive them to doctor’s appointments.

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Boston Globe supports the local hardware store

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An editorial in the Boston Globe lamented the loss of a local hardware store, and at the same time praised the virtues of all surviving stores in an age of Amazon.com and the big box. 

The article, “Hardware stores: Barometer of civic health,” appeared in the May 10 newspaper. 

Hamilton Hardware in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood closed in April after 92 years in business. 

According to the editorial: “the convenience and knowledge offered by corner stores are crucial urban amenities.”

Read the article here.

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C.C. and Julie Gibbs earn accolades

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Gibbs True Value Hardware in Grayson, Kentucky, was recognized by Chicago-based True Value Co. as one of 13 Best Hardware Store in Town honorees.

Accepting the award at a True Value hosted ceremony earlier this year were C.C. and Julie Gibbs. 

The store was the first in the state of Kentucky to adopt the Destination True Value format. The store also offers niche categories, such as fireplaces, outdoor power equipment and a Just Ask Rental business.

True Value’s Best Hardware Store in Town program has been recognizing True Value retailers since 2007. “These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said John Hartmann, president and CEO of True Value Co.

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