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Check Out Some of the Oldest Stores in America

Check Out Some of the Oldest Stores in America

Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, retail began establishing its roots in the U.S.

Impressively, some of those early businesses are still in operation, having survived by evolving for more than two centuries.

The July issue of Hardware Retailing magazine highlights two family-owned operations that have stood the test of time: Cowls Building Supply, which started in 1741 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Tinsman Bros. Inc., which opened in 1785 in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.

Though not quite as old, many other independent home improvement retail businesses are still operating after more than a century. Read the stories below to learn about their histories, hardships and the resilience that has kept them going to this day.

If you believe your business should be included in this list of oldest independent hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards, please contact Hardware Retailing profiles editor Renee Changnon at rchangnon@nrha.org.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on industry news and new products, visits retailers and attends industry events. She graduated from Illinois State University, where she earned a degree in Visual Journalism and was the features editor for the school newspaper, The Daily Vidette. After college, Renee worked for Jimmy John’s, where she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at franchise locations across the country. Renee is from Champaign, Illinois, and is new to Indianapolis. She enjoys reading, Netflix marathons and exploring her new city with friends and family.