|Holyoke home for Smith Wholesale-Hardware|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Turning a church into a hardware store can be a tricky task—especially when there are only two people involved and while moving, they keep the business open.
Doug Schelling and Tess Blake began moving Smith Wholesale-Hardware from its location in Haxtun to the old Holyoke Community Church building after Thanksgiving. They are currently just over halfway done moving items to the new location.
The move has taken longer than one would think because the wholesale portion has kept the duo busy. Schelling has continued to make deliveries and work with customers while also trying to get the new location ready.
Blake said they have had some help from students when it came to the heavier lifting, but for the most part it has just been her and Schelling.
Smith Wholesale-Hardware is still in the transition period of moving the business from Haxtun to Holyoke.
Smith Wholesale-Hardware opened in 1946 and was owned by Sheldon Smith. His son Dale then took over. Schelling acquired the business roughly 16 years ago after Dale experienced some health issues.
“It was meant to be,” Schelling said of the move to Holyoke. The business was looking for a change and the availability of the building presented itself at an ideal time.
Smith Wholesale-Hardware offers plumbing, electrical, domestic well and irrigation service parts. They also work with windmill parts and of course offer numerous hardware parts inside the store.
Schelling and Blake said the store will operate much in the same way as it did in Haxtun. The move doesn’t mean they will stop serving Haxtun customers. Both Schelling and Blake said they will continue to work with everyone in the same way.
The store is located at 635 W. Furry St. and is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For questions call the store at 854-6121.