Remember when hardware stores were commonly little mom and
pop style establishment on the corner in your neighborhood?
Years ago, small family owned and operated brick and mortar
shops were the mail places to go for hardware. Boy, have times
changed. Old time hardware stores have since been replaced
with huge, mega stores that rival the even the most popular
discount department store chains.
Today’s hardware stores are actually referred to as
home improvement and renovations supply stores. These stores
no longer stock just the regular hardware basic. Now, they
carry everything from quarter inch nails to Jacuzzi bathtubs.
Today, you can just as easily spend a couple of hours happily
browsing though the new hardware store replacements as you
can your local supermarket.
In addition to mammoth sized home improvement stores, traditional
old-fashioned hardware stores have been replaced largely by
Internet stores. Why would anyone want to drag him or herself
out to the local hardware store to wait in line for what they
need, when they can purchase all the hardware supplies they
need on the Internet? Shopping on the Web means no waiting
in line, no searching shelves for the right size nut. Instead,
with just a click of a mouse you can instantly pop all the
nuts and bolts you need into your shopping cart. No exercise
need be involved, unless you count typing in your contact
information as exercise.
Traditional hardware stores do still have a place in the
world, however. There are times when you just want to see
a friendly face or talk face to face about a project you are
working on. Maybe you just want to walk around the corner
to buy a screwdriver sometimes instead of driving to the closest
home improvement store. Keep in mind however, the fact that
the local hardware store just may offer online ordering as
well. Log on and see!