The Henry Bierce Company is excited to welcome the Miller Family, owners of Hartville Hardware, to Tallmadge. The Bierces and Millers are finalizing details for the current Bierce building at 50 Southeast Avenue to create two businesses in the space.
Hartville Hardware will be opening a newly renovated 8,000 sq. ft. retail hardware store on the site. Howard Miller shared his thoughts on the new venture, “We are looking forward to bringing our love of hardware to the Tallmadge community to provide a convenient retail space offering the same expertise, quality products and personal care found in Hartville.”
The Bierces will continue to focus on the core of their business, the building materials and hardscape supply. According to Tom Bierce, “Year in and year out the building supply is 80% of our sales. My brother and I have always been brick and block guys; we are excited to dedicate our focus on our core business and welcome the Millers as our neighbors!”
There are many similarities to both families’ approach to business but what really stood out in the initial discussions is the emphasis on community involvement. The Millers expect to integrate quickly into the Tallmadge business and civic environment, much like they have done for many years in Hartville. David Bierce comments, “The Millers liked our location, our history and our close relationship with the City. I know they will foster their own close relationship with our community and at the same time offer an entirely new hardware shopping experience.” The Millers intend to keep some of the familiar Bierce employee faces on the sales floor, and to maintain the history and close connection to Tallmadge that the Bierces have enjoyed for more than 100 years. Howard is excited, “to bring together our big store buying power, marketing and price advantages with the hometown, local experience we’re known for to Tallmadge.”
In preparation for remodeling, Henry Bierce will conduct a liquidation sale of all hardware and tool rental products and store fixtures. The sale is open to the public and will commence on Friday April 27th. Store remodeling will begin in early July and include new flooring, paint color scheme, lighting and store fixtures. Re-merchandising will take place in August followed by an early Fall grand opening.
The Miller Family became involved in the hardware business in 1972 when Howard Miller Sr. purchased an existing True Value store in Hartville. Howard Miller Jr. and his brother Wayne have guided their family business through multiple moves including the construction of their current 305,000 square foot store that opened in April 2012. Hartville Hardware is the largest independently owned hardware store in the nation and a model retail environment for the hardware industry. Innovative retailing concepts such as a drive-thru lumber yard, award-winning Kitchen & Bath Design Center and fully constructed 1,850 sq. ft. Idea House in-store, make Hartville Hardware a truly exceptional shopping experience. Wayne Miller shares, “It is not just the size of Hartville Hardware that makes it exceptional; it is the culture. We employ caring individuals who understand hardware and the importance of serving our customers. We are looking forward to sharing that same culture in Tallmadge.”
Henry Bierce started his coal and feed business near the Tallmadge Circle in 1910. Over the years Henry’s sons Lucius and David grew the business adding building supplies and a small hardware store to the mix. The third generation, Tom and David Bierce, have managed the operation since Lu’s passing in 1996. The primary scope of the Henry Bierce Company is the supply of masonry materials to residential, commercial and institutional building projects. Another important component of the business is the Hardscape Supply that features paving and patio brick, retaining walls, natural stone and outdoor living accessories such as fireplaces, pizza ovens, fire pits and outdoor kitchens. The 15,000 square foot Hardscape Display is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Ohio.
The City of Tallmadge Mayor, Dave Kline shared “I could not be more excited about the plans for Hartville Hardware to join the Tallmadge community adjacent the Henry Bierce Company. The Bierce family began with a coal business in Tallmadge in 1910 and the Miller family opened their hardware business in Hartville in 1972. With the Bierce family in business for over 100 years and Hartville Hardware the largest independently-owned hardware store in the nation, no one can dispute their success!
The Bierces will continue their successful building supply/masonry operation and the Millers will be creating an entirely new retail hardware store on the Tallmadge site. The popular “big box” stores featuring a variety of different products may have made it difficult for the smaller home-owned stores to compete but no one knows customer service like they do. This is a tremendous “win/win” for all of us!”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
David Bierce, President, Henry Bierce Company
Howard Miller, President, Hartville Hardware