Largest independent hardware store holds grand opening

After a soft opening last April, Hartville Hardware held its official grand opening on July 13 and 14, making it the largest independent home center in the country. An article in the Akron Beacon Journal described the seven-acre complex as having 305,000 sq. ft. of retail space on two floors with six different entrances and cash register areas. There is also a three-lane drive-through lumber area.

The Do it Best dealer, which moved from another location, caters to DIYers (60%) and professionals (40%). Overall store sales are up from last year by 29%, according to the article.