Hardware store for
sale. Guess it’s time.
So here’s the deal.
My wife and I bought Dunsmuir Hardware in
It was an opportunity for us to
get our kids (and ourselves too) out of the city and move toward a slower, more
wholesome, healthier and more meaningful lifestyle.
And in thirty seven years it has been all
that and more.
Now it’s time for us to
realize that it has come to that point in our lives when we have to let go of
It isn’t easy.
We love our old store.
It has made it possible for us to live a
It hasn’t made us rich in a
monetary sense but it has made us rich in life experience.
We live in a beautiful place – next to the
beautiful upper Sacramento River in the Siskiyou range of the Cascade
Situated in a
forested park-like setting at the base of Mount Shasta
with four beautiful seasons each year.
Wonderful and friendly small-town people.
Dunsmuir is a town of around 1500
people – plus or minus – with its own schools, library, parks, city government,
and its historic business district – of which Dunsmuir Hardware is perhaps the
most significant contributor.
is located just off Interstate 5 which connects to Redding
(50 miles to the south) and Medford, Oregon
(150 miles to the north), so we have access to city “culture” if we need
The somewhat bigger town of Mount
Shasta City (which has a large modern medical facility) is just 8 miles north
of us and the charming towns of McCloud and Weed are each about 15 miles away.
Our building – which dates from
1916 – sits in the middle of the Dunsmuir Historic Business District.
It has been re-wired and re-roofed and
re-decorated inside and out within the recent past.
It is roughly 100ft deep and 50ft wide and
has a basement under the back half which we rent out to a builder.
The floor is the original natural red fir
that was most likely cut and milled locally back in 1916.
The 17ft high ceiling is embossed tin that
was installed in 1995.
It is virtually
the same as the original pattern that would have been popular in 1916.
Lighting is modern fluorescent in fixtures
that were also installed in 1995 but which have an antique appearance as do the
We installed a modern
state of the art heating system three years ago that keeps our winter heating
bill to a moderate level and we supplement that with the old wood stove that
gives our store so much warmth on cold winter days.
The building is in great shape for a 96 year
You can probably see it best by just taking a
look at our website – www.dunsmuirhardware.com
There you will find a pretty complete
picture of our products and services, our history, and our way of doing
We have three employees –
middle age guys who represent our store well.
It’s a friendly and relaxed environment and we’re on a first name basis
with most of our customers.
appreciate the time we’re willing to spend with them helping them to complete a
project, fix something, select a gift for somebody, answer their questions, or
discuss the weather.
conditions have had a minimal effect on our store.
While building is way down, home repair
business is up.
If you can’t sell your
home, you still need to maintain it.
Tourist business seems as strong as ever.
We’re a True Value hardware store
and are served well by True Value.
Roughly 80% of our inventory comes from True Value and the remainder is
from other independent suppliers, particularly in the area of sporting goods
We receive weekly
deliveries from True Value and our pricing is highly competitive.
Our point-of-sale computer system is
tremendously valuable in controlling our inventory, ordering, pricing, and
managing our inventory.
It also does our
accounts receivable and provides management reports.
We are a license agent for the California
Department of Fish and Game and we sell fishing and hunting licenses through a
dedicated computer system.
accept electric power payments for Pacific Power and Light which brings a lot
of traffic into our store as people come in to pay their bills.
What do we want to sell?
The whole package.
What we can offer is a “turn-key” business
A buyer can step into an
established and well managed business and take off with it.
There are no doubt new ideas that new owners
could bring and which could grow the business into new areas.
We want to sell the business with its
established reputation and customer base, the building, all the fixtures and
equipment (computers, pipe threading equipment, custom paint tinting, tools and
supplies), and all of the antiques that are part of the image of the business.
Our antique collection is legendary and
without exaggeration there are thousands of dollars worth of antique tools,
hardware, housewares, documents, pictures, cans and bottles.
They belong in the store and will go with it.
We could go on and on telling about our business but
this – and our website – covers the high points. Please
feel free to contact us if you have any interest or questions or know somebody
who might like to consider the opportunity.
We have not listed the business with a realtor yet – just want to see if
we can find a buyer ourselves first. Our
contact information is on our website.
Please take a look.