Home improvement: Locally owned hardware stores in Charlotte

Spring and summer are great for tackling the home or garden project you’ve been thinking about, and that often means a trip to the hardware store to stock up on supplies.

While chain stores, including North Carolina-based Lowe’s, are popular destinations for getting started, there are also plenty of local staples in neighborhoods across Charlotte that can set you up for success. Many are family-owned and operated and have been around for decades.

Here are some locally owned hardware stores in and around Charlotte to check out the next time you’re tackling a home or garden project:

Beatties Ford Road Hardware

Orgire McCoy, owner of Beatties Ford Hardware in west Charlotte. Jeff Siner Observer file photo

Location: 2731 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216

Neighborhood: Firestone-Garden Park

What to know: Described by Historic West End Partners as “a staple in the West End community for over 35 years,” Beatties Ford Road Hardware is a family-owned shop offering hardware essentials. The store is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Blackhawk Hardware

Blackhawk Hardware at Park Road Shopping Center, photo by Alex Cason Photography Alex Cason Photography

Location: 4225 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

Neighborhood: Freedom Park

What to know: Founded in 1977, the locally owned Blackhawk Hardware has a gardening center and pet supplies as well as hardware staples, a kitchen shop and more. The store also offers key making services, knife sharpening and UPS shipping. To get more details, go to blackhawkhardware.com.

Little Hardware

Location: 1400 S. Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28203

Neighborhood: Wilmore

What to know: Opened in 1922, Little Hardware is a family-owned business that offers tools, gardening supplies, sporting goods, paint and more. For more information, visit littlehardware.com.

Piedmont Tool and Plumbing Supply

Location: 2633 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208

Neighborhood: West Blvd

What to know: Previously described by The Charlotte Observer as “a veritable mecca for both licensed plumbers and do-it-yourselfers,” Piedmont has been in business since 1946. The store specializes in “residential and commercial kitchen, lavatory, tub/shower faucet repair and replacement parts.” For more information, visit piedmontplumbingsupply.com.

Potts Hardware

Location: Address: 5201 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

Neighborhood: Yorkmount

What to know: Founded in 1960, Potts Hardware is still owned by one of the families that first opened it. They offer a variety of tools and other supplies as well as services including key cutting, custom signs and pipe cutting. To learn more, go to pottshardware.com.

Renfrow Hardware & General Merchandise

Location: 188 N. Trade St., Matthews, NC 28105

Neighborhood: Downtown Matthews

What to know: Originally founded as a general store in 1900, Renfrow Hardware still offers a wide selection of items and services including local honey and gardening classes in addition to hardware services. For all the details, visit renfrowhardware.com.

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Mary Ramsey is a service journalism reporter with The Charlotte Observer. A native of the Carolinas, she studied journalism at the University of South Carolina and has also worked in Phoenix, Arizona and Louisville, Kentucky.

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