Ocean Shore Hardware owner buys San Mateo Store

By on Mon, March 30, 2009

Larry Hassett, who owns Ocean Shore Hardware in Half Moon Bay, has added a fourth landmark independent hardware store to his portfolio, reports the Daily Journal:

Dick and Suzi Nelson recently sold Wisnom’s hardware store to Larry Hassett and his sons, Richard and Eric. Hassett has been in the hardware business since 1957. His family currently owns and operates three other stores — Ocean Shore Hardware in Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto Hardware and Willow Glen Hardware in San Jose.

"I’m excited about this. It’s a unique business and the 103 years of history exists in the walls," Hassett said.

Over the years, the merchandise has changed. The dynamite and horseshoe nails were replaced with a full line of hardware and builders supplies, an extensive selection of housewares, cookware, garden tools, pet supplies, giftware and a fireplace shop. At one time it even sold and repaired Dodge cars, Hassett said. ...

There will be some more changes. In the next few weeks, customers should expect to see extended weekday hours to accommodate people stopping by after work. It will also open its doors on Sundays, Hassett said.