New Providence Hardware Press Releases

New Providence, Iowa.

Tom and Marlene McDonald will celebrate 35 years at New Providence Hardware, the oldest hardware store in Iowa. New Providence Hardware was established in 1863 as a trading center in Hardin County. Other than a brief rebuilding period after a fire on December 10, 1910 that destroyed most of the wooden structures and businesses, there has been a hardware business on the corner of Main Street New Providence.

Tom and Marlene join a long list of proprietors of the Century Business founded by JB Munford, but of the last sixty five years the ownership has been mostly with two families, Bert and Flo McCown starting in 1946 and the McDonalds in 1975.

Throughout the years the merchandise mix has changed including gasoline, furniture and appliances, but has always included hardware items and plumbing and heating service when they became a part of the home.

To commemorate the occasion, a celebration will be held June 12th with extended hours from 8:00 to 5:00. Lunch will be served from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Soda Fountain on Main Street with free tickets to be picked up at the hardware store. Drawings for merchandise, sale items throughout the store, and 10% discount period from 9:00 to 11:00 on all merchandise not already on sale will be a part of the event.

“When most hardware stores and businesses in small towns have
disappeared, we’ve continued to be active because of the support of the community and our valued customers in the area” says Marlene. “We just want to say thank you. Our customers are the best!”