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Local hardware store entering third generation of ownership

December 17, 2009
By S. Alexander Gerould

MAYVILLE – It would be a safe bet to say hardware runs in Errol Anderson’s blood.

Sitting in the back of his business, Mayville Hardware, Anderson looked back on the family members who had owned and worked in the business.

First, there was his father, who bought the original building which houses the current business in 1956.

Then, Errol said, he took over the business in 1966.

And now Errol’s daughter, Amy Anderson Schultze, has taken over the shop – with help from her father, of course.

“There’s been a hardware store here for 80 years,” Anderson said as he looked at the numerous tools and bins full of nails, screws and other building supplies which fill the back of the business. “I’ll tell you, there’s not very many third-generation businesses.”

However, the business almost didn’t make it to its third-generation status.

“I never really had interest in it,” Anderson said of taking over the family business. “When you’re younger, you don’t really know what you want to do.”

But, after being drafted into the Army, Anderson was given the opportunity to rethink his life.

“I came back and thought this would be the thing I want to do,” he said. “I thought I would try it out.”

After ticking off a list of other area hardware stores which have closed down, Anderson said his business is doing well even with a lousy economy.

“It’s been good. We’ve had no problems,” he said. “It seems business has been up.”

Part of the reason why business has been going well may be because the shop offers a little bit of everything – from nuts and bolts to board games.

“Actually, we’re more like a convenience store,” Anderson said.

But, it’s the interesting visitors and steady customers which makes the job worthwhile, Anderson said. There are many customers that, when they come through the door, Anderson knows exactly what they’re looking for. Then there’s the customers which frequent the store so much that they ring up their own items and check themselves out.

“Every day is different,” Anderson said when asked what he liked the most about running his business. “You never know what to expect.”

Mayville Hardware is located at 53 South Erie Street, Mayville, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business features a variety of construction items, including tools, paint, and other home improvement items, along with an assortment of other objects. The store can be reached by calling 753-2621.

Article Photos

The owners of Mayville Hardware, Amy Anderson Schultze, left, and Errol Anderson, stand in front of one of several displays inside their store. The shops offers a variety home improvement items, as well as a number of other goods.



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