Robbins Road Hardware closing

A staple business on Robbins Road since the 1950s will be closing its doors for good next month. Robbins Road Hardware, 948 Robbins Road, will be closing its doors by Oct. 15, store owner Vernon Wheeler said. Wheeler said he and his wife, Lisa, have decided they want to be closer to family and are relocating to North Carolina. "We are going to semi-retire and move down there,' he said.
Alex Doty
Sep 22, 2011

Wheeler said his daughters — Chelsea, who is pregnant, and Emily — both live in Charlotte, N.C. His son, Zachary, will also be moving once he graduates from Lawrence Technology University in Southfield.

Robbins Road Hardware was started in the 1950s by Jack Tysman when Beechtree Street was the designated route through the city. Since then, numerous other businesses — including Meijer and Walmart — have sprung up around the store.

Jack’s son, Bill Tysman, sold the store to Wheeler in November 2007 when the younger Tysman said he wanted to cut back his work load.
Wheeler also owns Uncle Vern’s Hardware at 899 W. Laketon in Muskegon. He said that store will be sold.

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Comments

hgfase

I read this nice article on Robbins Road Hardware closing and it would do the Grand Haven Tribune justice to investigate futher on the "true" nature of this long Grand Haven Icon for hardware, to have to close.

These owners would do well to move quickly and become invisible to investigation !!!!

ohwell

Yes it is sad to see a "local" business go away. But they have to competitive and receptive. I took a lawn mower to Robbins Road Hardware once to get it serviced. The people there were less than hospitable since I did not purchase the mower from them. They let me know there displeasure (and they aren't the only local business that has done that to me). When they can give me the same product at the same price (they were $100 more) as the box stores, then maybe they would get my business. I don't think anyone there knows what customer service is either. That goes a long way. I very really shop locally because of that. I hate to say that, but treat me well and I will come back. Treat me like dirt and you will never see me again, and I spread the word quickly.

captcap

Thanks for the input from someone who obviously shops box stores for prices. It is rare, if ever, across the USA that you find a hometown hardware store where you can walk in with a miss-aligned screw, bolt or chain, and have someone help you troubleshoot your problem. I have been a loyal customer of Robbins Road Hardware for 20+ years and will not stand by with this kind of slander. Local business is not box store business. Go back to Wal-Mart...

ohwell

captcap....you are saying you would rather go somewhere and pay higher prices for the same exact thing you can get at Home Depot on the other end of town? You must have more money than brains then. I can trouble shoot stuff myself, and have the mechanical ability to find what I need at the box stores (and NO I DO NOT SHOP AT WALMART!!!). No slander here, just the facts of how I have been treated (and obviously I am not the only one that has been treated poorly) when I have gone into "your" hardware store.

richierich

First Thomas' Grocery and now Robbins Road Hardware is gone. Been buying hardware there for years. Tyman's always had that hard to get stuff and were very helpful. When Uncle Vern took over, it was a natural switch to a new owner. We shopped at Uncle Vern's in Muskegon and found them as good as Tysman's. We are going to miss this place and the helpful employees.

Marsipan

This comes as no surprise. I'm new to town - only lived here 10 years - and always felt uncomfortable in that store. I tried to shop there many times, over HD and Meijers, but empty shelves and really high prices were too much of a deterrent. It is true: local retailers really do have to compete for business. I will pay more to shop local, but $6 for a $2 tube of calking is too much. Local retailers can offer what chains cannot: knowledgeable, friendly service and a carefully maintained inventory. Both were lacking at RR Hardware.

matt227

1st of all its sad to see another local business close in Grand Haven, HOWEVER i have shoped here at robbins rd hardware b4 to buy misc, parts u cant find at wal-mart or meijer, ithe only other "harware" store in the tri-cities is ACE hardware way over in spring lake which is not close to where i live in Grand Haven, Robbins Rd. hardware closeing is no surprise to me either 1st of all with BIG wal-mart and meijer out his backdoor and 2nd they where always high priced, i could go into robbins rd hardware and they would sell me lets say 1 bolt for like $1.05 or something like that. Again this doesn't surprise me, there prices was very high and like one person commented and i only used there service dept once there rates, was a tad on the high side, and they had 1 mechanic doing a lot of work i think i waited for a week-2 weeks before i got my equipment back on a simple service so iim sorry to say it but im glad robbins rd hardware is closeing for good.

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