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November 23, 2013

Hardware store is a local fixture

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A.C. Hoyt Hardware has been through so many changes in the way hardware business is conducted. Gone are the days in Edmeston when the community could support two hardware stores.

“People come in to buy more necessities now, not so much extra stuff, there is not as much money now as there used to be,” Hoyt said. “We sell good product and we are able to serve our customers. How many times have you gone into Home Depot or Lowes and found the guys in the shirts only to find out they don’t even know where stuff is much less how stuff works. We are able to advise customers about the best way to manage costs and how to get the most for their money.”

A.C. Hoyt is the only hardware store for miles around Edmeston. The closest Home Depot, Lowe’s or Walmart is 30 miles away.

“We do a good business, and we have great customers,” Jamison Hoyt said. “But I’ll tell you this, we have not had a single customer on Black Friday for five years. They all go out of town to shop.”

A.C. Hoyt employs three members of the Hoyt family as well as a part time bookkeeper. In addition boards, nails, pipes and tools, they offer an array of home and garden products including gloves and hats, greeting cards and incidental items. They also service small engines, remake windows and frames for antique structures and have sold Benjamin Morris products since the paint company began.

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