Hardware City To Close

The Kensington institution will close its doors for good this spring


Hardware City

Andrew Metcalf

The end is near for Hardware City, the longtime neighborhood store in downtown Kensington.

The local spot for rock salt, screws, lumber and other supplies is planning to close at the end of May, according to an employee, Jolene, who declined to provide her last name.

Voicemails left with the store’s manager, Don Fitch, were not returned and he was not at the store’s office when a reporter stopped by Friday.

The hardware store has been located in the Kensington Shopping Center for decades, according to Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman. She said the store was open when she moved into the town in 1980.

 The store offered convenience to local residents who wanted to make a quick trip to pick up supplies for a home improvement project or repair. “It’ll be a sad day when it closes,” Furman said. “We’ll have to wait and see what takes its place—hopefully another hardware store.”

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