Escalante, Ut Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Hardware Store

“Independent Hardware Stores have always been places of wonder, full of grizzled men who could make stuff and fix stuff and would tell you how to, too.” An appreciation by Ted Allen in the Popular Mechanics Magazine Vol 191 No. 8
That was certainly how I felt growing up in my dad’s lumber yard. He too tended to ask “What are you trying to do?”, of every customer who looked lost. And I know I’ve asked it hundreds of times during my 40+ years of retailing and customer service.
History of Hardware Stores:
1782 – Elwood Adams Hardware – Worcester Mass
1787 – Paul Revere Hardware – No. 50 Cornhuill, Boston
1897 – Sears, Roebuck & Co Catalogue
1906 – The Aladdin Co – Kit Holmes
1924 – Ace Stores, Inc. Chicago, Ill
1946 – Lowe’s – No. Wilkesboro, NC
1963 – Tru Value – Chicago, Ill
1979 – Home Depot – Atlanta, GA
2013 – Best Buy – Munson Hardware – Escalante, UT

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