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Hadeler Hardware Closes after 108 Years in Pearl River

The store opened in 1905.

PEARL RIVER, NY—There are three things Jill Wechsler will always remember about Hadeler Hardware: the tin ceiling, the smell and the friendly customer service.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 3 years old,” she said. “None of it has changed at all. They still have the gate up that parents won’t let their kids near because they’re afraid the kids might knock it over and fall down the steps. They’ve always been helpful and made you feel important no matter how small the item you were purchasing was.”

Wechsler shared her memories of the store on a bittersweet Saturday at the Pearl River hardware store, it’s last day of operation. Owner Paul Hadeler announced earlier this year he was selling the store, which has been in his family since 1905.

“Today’s the culmination of 108 years for my family,” he said about a half-hour before he closed the store for good.

The building was sold to Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts, which already has displays in windows on one side of the store. On Saturday, the side of the store’s windows promoting a one-day sale on Saturday, calling it the “end of an era.”

Wechsler was at the store on Saturday for one last outing, looking for anything with the store’s name on it. She found some rulers that read “Since 1905” with the store’s address on them and others that read “George W. Hadeler, Inc.,” for Paul Hadeler’s father, who opened the store. The rulers weren’t all for her, though.

“I was talking to a friend from high school who moved to Jersey City and told her today was the last day,” Wechsler said. “She told me, ‘Get me something to remember Mr. Hadeler by.’ Everyone who grew up around here knew him and [Paul] is the spitting image of his father.”

Saturday was also the last day for Dreams, the doll store Hadeler’s wife opened, which could be accessed from W. Central Avenue or by walking downstairs from Hadeler Hardware.

Paul Hadeler said a lot of items placed out in the hardware store were sold pretty quickly on Saturday. As for anything left over from either store, he said they will have to decide what to do with it all.

John February 18, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Did anyone ever consider it could possibly be 5 YEARS of a recession with no upturn in sight. There are many old businesses which hang on in the shadow of big box stores in decent economic times.
Danny Marvin February 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
god bless Kovarics for continuing to stay here in Binghamton with the higher heating cost not to mention the high taxes we all buisness owners in the State of New York have to pay to keep New York City going , take care to al local buisness owners like them
Jessica February 18, 2013 at 04:37 PM
1I buy almost everything from here Http://whatsogood.com Most people are not aware of the almost unbelievable deals that they can get from online auction sites I checked with the BBB and was told that it is all legit How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I don’t know. I do know that I bought my son an iPad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Low gift cards for $48. Why would I even think about shopping anyplace else?
Sydney Smith February 19, 2013 at 01:20 PM
After 50 years of working the hardware store Paul Hadeler decided to retire, none of the remaining Hadeler family wanted the 6am to 6pm grind 6 days a week so he's gone, it's that simple.
TCMA February 25, 2013 at 01:21 AM
The Hadeler family served their community for over 100 years. They were overwhelmingly successful. Paul Hadeler, Sr. decided to retire. He put over 50 years into his family's business. His life is a success story. He is a pillar of the community. I had the privilege of working at Hadeler Hardware from the age 8, until 20. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Paul was, and is, like a second father to me. Nobody put him out of business. He and his wife Rita, who owned Dreams, simply chose to retire. They sold their building and are beginning the next chapter of their lives. Let's not diminish the legacy of their lives by insinuating that they failed. The Hadeler family taught me that success is measured by the value you add to the lives of other people. That is true wealth. What will become of that building now? We shall see.

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