Eudora has tools of the trade with newly opened hardware store
Mid-afternoon on its first day in business, Durkin's Hardware already had customers trifling through the shiny new store in south Eudora. While making a purchase, one customer commented it was good to have a hardware store in town again.
For the past three or four days before opening, prospective customers had been coming in the store, asking when it would open, said co-owner John Durkin. He and his wife, Barbara, opened the hardware store Monday at 218 20th St.
A Eudora native, Durkin said the venture prompted his first move back to the area in more than three decades.
"A lot has changed," he said.
One of those changes was a lack of a hardware store, something Durkin said he and his brother Dave discussed. Arrowhead Hardware left downtown Eudora in November 2001 to allow the owners to concentrate on their Baldwin City location.
Now, the timing seemed right, so John and Barbara Durkin opened a new Eudora hardware store.
Working in management at companies like Frito Lay and Farrell Gas, accustomed to managing other people's money, Durkin said. Now, he said, it was his own on the line.
"I think it will do really well," he said.
The inventory caters to individuals working on home repairs, but Durkin said area government agencies and contractors were setting up accounts, too.
In addition to the usual nuts and bolts of a hardware store, Durkin said the shop would offer seasonal items. That means holiday lights and Christmas trees now, but barbecue grills and lawn mowers during the summer. Durkin said the store would be willing to help customers with special orders, pointing out a thick catalogue of items at the counter.
Durkin's Hardware is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
It was hoped, Durkin said, customers would see the convenience of shopping the local hardware store, housed in the 6,000 square-foot storefront.
"Hopefully it's too small," he said.