GENESEO - People across Livingston County will soon have a new place to buy plumbing, electrical supplies and much more.
“I think there is a tremendous need for a store like this here and it has been that way for a long time,” said Dana Leonard, owner of Geneseo Hardware and Rental, 4364 Pondside Plaza in Geneseo.
The hardware store recently moved from its former location on East South Street to its new location off Route 20A,
Leonard, who’s owned Geneseo Hardware since 2003, said the old store was primarily an equipment and party rental business with a smaller assortment of hardware supplies. At the new location, which once housed a Sears location, Leonard says he’ll be selling everything from paint supplies to light bulbs.
“We also have smaller sections of the store and we sell pool supplies and almost anything you might need for a home improvement job,” he said. “It will be a nice convenient resource for people. If you are working on a project at home, you can come here to see me and I should have what you are looking for.”
He said that he always thought someone else would be the one to open a store like this in Geneseo but after talking with the property brokers he said they were able to agree on a fair price. Leonard said he started talks with them way before the coronavirus pandemic. At a time when some stores are closing, business for Leonard has been steady.
“Fortunately through this whole thing I have been able to be open because I am considered an essential business,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to be able to be open the whole time. My assumption is that we will be getting back to life as we used to know it.”
The store opened for business starting Aug. 3, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for sometime at the end of September. Leonard says he is not concerned about competition from the nearby the Tractor Supply Co. or Walmart because he says his store offers many things that they do not have.
“Also being able to walk in the door and know what you are looking for is huge and you won’t find that at the bigger box stores,” Leonard said. “You don’t want to go someplace and say ‘I hope to find what I need.’ You want to go someplace and know that you will find what you need.”
Another thing he said you might not find or get at the bigger stores is the personal customer service that he can offer.
“I am on a first name basis with thousands of people in this area and I think one of the nicer things for me is, yes, this is a new store, but people know me and I already have an established customer base,” he said.
The new store will be open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can also check out the store’s website at Geneseo-rental.com.
“I think people will find my store to be an excellent resource because we have such a wide variety of things that we offer here,” said Leonard.