Strosniders To Take Over Hardware City Location in Kensington

The hardware store plans a fall opening


Strosniders has signed a lease to replace Hardware City on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington

Andrew Metcalf

Kensington residents worried about losing a local hardware store can breathe a sigh of relief.

Strosniders Hardware owner Stan Smith said Tuesday the local retailer has signed a lease with the property owner to open the company’s fourth Montgomery County location at the current Hardware City spot at 10504 Connecticut Ave. in Kensington.

Hardware City is set to vacate the location when its lease ends June 30, according to Smith.

Smith said he has “looked at this location for 10 years,” but that he wasn’t able to strike a deal with the owners of Hardware City. “We like the neighborhood, we like Montgomery County and we already have people from Kensington who shop with us. So now hopefully they won’t have to travel so far.”

Strosniders also has stores in Bethesda, Potomac and Silver Spring. The company plans to renovate the Kensington location over the summer and open it in September, Smith said. He said he plans to hire some of Hardware City’s current employees and that one of his partners—Bill Hart III—will run the new store.

The change represents the end of an era for Kensington and Hardware City, which has been in business at the location for 45 years. Kensington Mayor Tracey Furman notified members of a Kensington listserv about Strosniders’ plans Tuesday.

“We would like to thank Hardware City and all of their employees for their kind service over the years,” Furman wrote.

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