Dazey’s Supply opens in Indiana

California hardware store, and Do it Best dealer, comes to the Midwest.
Dazey's Supply
Customers shop at the newly opened Dazey’s Supply in Bluffton, Indiana.

Dazey’s Supply, a Do it Best dealer, announced it recently opened a location in Bluffton, Indiana, a town with a population of 10,000 located south of Fort Wayne in the east-central part of the state.

“I’m energized by the rapidly growing Bluffton community,” said Darren Tomasini, president and CEO of Dazey’s Supply. “We’ve already enjoyed a warm welcome, and we’re excited to bring our completely refreshed shopping experience and our unique selection of products and departments to our community members.”

This is the seventh location to open for Dazeys, a full service hardware business founded by Stephen Dazey in 1974 in Redway, California, a town halfway between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.

[Related story: Check out the HBSDealer interactive news map of U.S. hardware and building supply openings, closings and acquisitions.]

The family-friendly grand opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 20, and a catered BBQ lunch and live music from Cornfield Mafia immediately followed and continued throughout the afternoon, said the company.

Stephen Dazey founder
Dazey’s founder Stephen Dazey, shown in 1974, the year he opened his first store in Redway, California.

Representatives from DeWalt, Milwaukee and more were also on hand to perform demonstrations and provide product education. The event also featured product giveaways and all expense paid trips.

Dazey’s first began with Stephen Dazey selling glass, windows and lumber that he picked up in the San Francisco Bay Area with his pickup truck. Customers soon began asking for fireplaces and chicken manure; he continued listening to his community and his business grew from there.

There are currently five store locations in California, one in Oregon and the newest in Indiana. Dazey has retired now but still helps out as a philanthropist, the firm said.

Today, Dazey’s Supply categories include outdoor living, farm & ranch, building materials, sporting goods, electronics, hand tools, plumbing and more. Dazey’s became an ESOP in 2016.

Related Content