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Forum topic by basswood posted 01-14-2014 09:51 PM 1291 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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basswood

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01-14-2014 09:51 PM

Losing another good old fashioned hardware store. They had the best selection of hardware and tools in the region and knowledgeable staff. A HUGE loss.

http://www.bringmethenews.com/2014/01/14/seven-corners-hardware-to-close-in-ongoing-west-seventh-transformation/

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm


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#1 posted 01-14-2014 10:10 PM

I hear you brother. I shop at my local hardware store, you can’t beat their service and knowledge. I shop at a family owned building supplies store for everything else not hardware. Over the years I’ve built up a working relationship with them. If there’s a problem, they solve it. They’ve given me more advice over the years than I can put into words. I avoid box stores like the plague.
My feeling is that any possible savings I gets by going to one of these box stores is lost when I consider what it does to the quality of the community around me. Don’t mean to insult anyone, just my two cents.

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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TravisH

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 12:09 AM

I try to use smaller hardware stores but there comes a point you just can’t do it. The cost is just too prohibitive in many situations. Now where they have a leg up is they may carry higher end brands and prices are what you see advertised.

Quality of community? Most mom and pop stores I have been to hire very few people and often been in areas you don’t want to be in.

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basswood

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 12:21 AM

This was not just a local hardware store. They were a regional/national power house. They had full page ads in FWW and FBH before the web, that had tool junkies drooling and did brisk mail order business with folks all over the country.

So this is partly due to big boxes and partly due to Amazon, etc. Also a function of how much the land is worth in downtown St. Paul. Made it an easy decision to cash out, I imagine. Also an absentee owner who lives in CA.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 12:45 AM

basswood sorry to hear the new that this landmark hardware store is closing. Back in the early 80’s I use to shop through there catalog they had it all it was one heck of a catalog. I still have my trim router and chisel that I purchase alone with others hand tools and marking gauges. Seven Corners was a institution through out the midwest very sorry to hear the news.

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JohnMcD348

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 01:01 AM

Sorry to hear that. I would have loved to have shopped there. I do a fair amount of my tool buying from Harry J. Epstein’s. They’re a store in Kansas that has a pretty fair website presence. My problem with the local area hardware stores is that they don’t ever seem to have what I need, when I need it.

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 01:23 AM

i was really sad to read this in the paper. I would normally wander around for quite some time before buying. Of course whats a trip to 7 Corners without wandering across the street for pizza at Cossetta’s.

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 03:33 AM

I used to love living a block from a hardware store. Great for picking up something before going out to jobs in the morning or at the end of the day as a jump start for the next. Also great when I was doing something around the house/shop and ran out or needed something grab my wallet and take a quick walk. Store was always cramped and stuffed with as much as they could. Staff was usually friendly and knowledgeable and got to know me pretty well. Now I have to drive ten minutes into town to go to a huge hardware True Value/Ace store that isn’t bad and actually has a lot more product than my old place, but ultimately doesn’t have the same charm.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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