OF THE WEEK:
By Annette Langenstein, Staff
Hometown Hardware is
located at 323 Spruce Street in Myrtle Point. The store is co-owned by
JR and Tracy Morgan and Rolland and Geraldine Leep. JR and Tracy run
the store along with their daughter Jaden, her husband Kyle Blanton and
their daughter Aubree who is almost three. The newest addition to the
Hometown Hardware family is little Gavin, who at one month old gets to
accompany his mom Jaden to the store every day. “I’m lucky
that I get to bring Gavin with me to work,” said Jaden.
The Morgans have owned the
store for four years, having purchased it from Jerry and Ana Maria
Overstake. Rolland and Geraldine Leep continue to be co-owners of
the business. “The Leeps are great people, and we appreciate them
being part of the Hometown family. Rolland comes in to the store
almost daily to visit with the crew and customers,” Said Tracy.
So how did JR and Tracy
wind up being co-owners of Hometown Hardware? “We decided to buy
the place because at the time I had my own construction company, but I
started thinking about the future, and I didn’t want to be up on
a roof until it was time to retire. Here I had the opportunity to run a
family business with my wife and kids”.
Hometown Hardware is open
Monday- Saturday 7:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm. “We
couldn’t do it without the crew we have. They really care about
the work they do and the customers they serve”, said Tracy.
Although we sat and talked in the main hardware building, the business
actually encompasses nearly 60,000 square feet of space in several
different buildings. Their lumber yard is across the street, where they
sell molding, doors, windows, lumber, gates, wood pallets, and have a
rental department. Out back there’s a building that houses concrete
building blocks, while another warehouse holds fencing. Still another
warehouse is where they keep their drain pipes, water lines, and pipe
threading. There’s even a garden lot filled with bulk soil, bark dust,
rock, and sand gravel. “We basically cover a city block,” said JR.
That’s a huge place in the little town of Myrtle Point!
and Jaden Blanton with their children Gavin and Aubree, and Tracy and
JR Morgan make up the family who co-owns Hometown Hardware in Myrtle
I asked JR about their rental center. “We’ve
got mostly smaller equipment like trenchers, post hole diggers, wood
splitters, lawn mowers, but we’re growing that department right
now,” he said. “And just for fun we rent a bouncy slide for
kids’ parties,” said Tracy. “The kids love it, and a
lot of times we just donate it to different schools or community
“We donate lots of items for school raffles and
Rotary auctions such as guns, barbecues, gardening supplies, saws and
tools, and we have kids that come in for work experience,”
”It’s really important to us, being part of
this community, to help the kids and be a good, positive place for them
to come to,” said Tracy.
main building is one of the oldest structures in Myrtle Point, built in
1880. It originally housed Huling and Lundy Hardware, and included a
telephone service in 1893. The ceilings are still the original
hand-pressed tin tiles. “One of our next projects is to restore
the ceiling tiles and also redo the outside of the building to bring it
back to what it used to look like in the old days,” said JR.
“We still have the old ledger books where people can come in and
see their family name and what they purchased.
And then there’s Jojo
the female African Grey parrot who interacts with the customers.
“She has regulars that come in and visit her, some of them
daily,” said Tracy.
Hometown Hardware has
recently been running color display ads in the Shopper. “We love
how our ads look,” Jaden said. We have some new things
coming that are not easily available in the Myrtle Point area.
We’ll be getting burn barrels and other types of storage tanks
that our customers may like being able to purchase closer to
“The one thing that
really sets us apart from other hardware stores is that we are locally
owned, we operate the business and live right here,” said
JR. “We have a hometown atmosphere and our whole family is
on-site.” I noticed the free cookies, coffee, and popcorn for
their customers, which adds to that welcome feeling you get when you
walk in the store.
people to know that we’re not here just to earn a wage,”
said Tracy, “We really care about the people that come in here,
just as if they were coming into our own home. Our employees understand
that and treat them as such. It matters to us that we can take
care of our customers’ needs, we can figure out how to help them,
and we absolutely offer service after the sale in the form of advice or
instruction if it’s beneficial to them.”
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