Wednesday, February 04, 2015

A Farewell To Tony Of Tony's Hardware Store On Smith Street

Tony's Hardware & Plumbing at 181 Smith Street now closed for good
Tony's Hardware store at 181 Smith Street in June 2014
Tony in his now closed hardware store in June 2014

In late June 2014 a 'for rent' sign appeared in the window of Tony' Hardware & Plumbing Supply store at 181 Smith Street. Its owner was retiring and would be closing his wonderful old fashioned neighborhood store soon. The loss of yet another long time business saddened many in the neighborhood.
The inevitable happened this week-end. Tony's is now closed for good.
A PMFA reader wrote in to say:
"Tony's Hardware on Smith St closed on Saturday. Most of the store was cleared out but the remaining stock was 50% off. He said he planned to donate the rest. It was a great store since 1995 (and before that he worked at the now closed hardware store next door). He said he planned to retire but had no specific plans. His staff had moved on already to other jobs."

Apparently, El Milagro, a jewelry, gift, and home decor store which opened a holiday pop-up store across the street at 180 Smith Street, will be taking over the space Tony just vacated.

Tony always packed lots of inventory into his store and seemed to carry every tool or product necessary to get any job done. Tools, paint, shopping carts, and plants, Tony's had it all. He and his store will be very much missed in the neighborhood.

To see more photos of the sure when it was still in business, click here.


Anonymous said...

Too bad, that was a good hardware store. But if he is retiring, and had no plans to sell the business, that is his right. I hope he enjoys his retirement. The good thing is that he was not forced to close for rent hike, lack of business, etc. There is still Bruno, and my favorite; Mazzone to pick up the slack.

Anonymous said...

He was open today

C McC said...

Does anyone know how to get ahold of Tony? I wanted to contact him about the Lincoln bust he used to display in the front window.

Any help would be greatly appreciated in the matter!!