The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition has selected Robnett's Hardware, 400 SW Second Street Corvallis, as the Local Business of the week. Tori & Scott Lockwood are the owners of Robnett's Hardware. Their family has continuously owned the business since 1893.
Personally I always try to make my purchase at Robnett's Hardware. The personal service is appreciated and they always seem to have the item I need.
The following is taken from the article by the Corvallis Sustainability coalition.
Tori, how did you get started? This is my family’s business so I’ve been working here since 1978, when I was 14 years old. Scott came to work here in 1995, after we got married. We bought the business from my parents about 10 years ago.
What makes Robnett’s special? Robnett’s is a service-oriented hardware store. In addition to sales, we provide many services, such as re-screening, cutting keys, and threading pipe. We have employees readily available to help our customers. And customers don’t have to walk a quarter-mile through the store to get what they need. Since we’re small, they can get in and out of here quickly.
Does your store fill an unusual niche? Robnett’s is most famous for our fastener selection – not just screws and bolts, but any item that holds things together. Our selection is great, and we’re able to help people get what they need. We special order items for people all the time – and we do a lot of research for our customers to help them get what they’re looking for.
What challenges have you faced as an independent business owner? We buy just for ourselves, so we don’t have the buying power of a large chain store. When Home Depot came to Corvallis, it was hard at first. We definitely felt the impact. But people came back.
Always try to buy local first!