Moorestown Hardware started out as a J.S. Collins & Son lumberyard in the 1890s. It was reopened as a hardware store in the historic building in 1974.»
If you want to meet people who are looking for something, you can find them at Moorestown Hardware, a member of The Hardware Connection Century Club. It’s the place they usually find what they’re looking for, too, writes Kevin Riordan in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I love hearing, ‘I can’t believe you have this,’” said Pete Bender, who with his wife and business partner, Julie, bought the Moorestown, N.J., store in 2001. Housed in a rustic former lumberyard that dates from 1879, their business is a local landmark, as well as a destination. Like a town square that sells tools.
“People come in here because they have a problem, or a question,” Pete, 61, said. “We want to give them a solution.”
There are answers galore on Google, and plenty of places in South Jersey to find nuts and bolts, bird seed, and high-tech barbecue grills, or even butcher’s twine, cricket traps, and starter handles for lawnmowers.
But mega-stores aren’t likely to be community institutions, let alone the sort of place where everybody knows your name, or at least your face. Even if you’re wearing a mask, which almost all customers do without complaint. “I hate to be a referee,” said Pete.
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