St. Matthews Hardware to close after 95 years - WDRB 41 Louisville News

St. Matthews Hardware to close after 95 years

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A St. Matthews landmark for 95 years will soon be demolished.

St. Matthews Hardware is closing and will be torn down to make way for an Independence Bank parking lot. 

The family owned store on Shelbyville Road opened in 1921. Owner Pete Hammer's father bought the business 56 years ago.

“I was here working since I was 10-years-old, and I've been here ever since then,” he said.

Customers say it feels like everyone at the store knows each other, and it's the personal touch that makes the place so special.

“They probably kept my business afloat over the last 40 years, because when I run out of stuff, and I don't know how to fix something, I can come here and get what I need,” customer Gene Burkey said.

“If you need a few screws or some fasteners or something, you can always employ their expertise to get what you need and stay away from the big box stores,” customer Chip Arbegust said.

Hammer says he'll be sad to see his life's work demolished, but it's time to say goodbye.

“It was the best job in the world, but all good things come to an end,” he said.

Hammer hasn't finalized a closing date, but he estimates it could be around the start of next year. 

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