Cole Hardware to Open in Rockridge

Hello, Rockridge....
Saturday, October 4, 2014

We at Cole Hardware are thrilled to announce that we are setting up shop at 5533 College Avenue. We can't wait to get to know our new neighbors - so, let's start with introductions. We are a family-owned local hardware store, with four locations in San Francisco. The patriarch of our stores is Dave Karp. Today, at 98 years young, he is still a beloved figure among Cole Hardware customers and crew, and likes to stop by the stores to visit and show off his signature card trick. Dave's son Rick is Cole Hardware's President and Keeper of the Karma, and grandkids David and Adrianna can also be found bustling about the stores.

Though much has changed in the stores since Dave first opened his doors for business, the motto that guides us today is the one he hung over the front door on day one: "There are no strangers here, just friends we haven't met."
Cole Hardware's top priority in striving to provide unbeatable customer service is rooted in this very attitude. Our goal is to provide what we like to call "positive dinnertime conversation" for you after your experience at Cole Hardware.

The result is that we deliver goods and services above and beyond what you'd find at the average hardware store. For example, our stores are virtual recycling centers where you can drop off old paint, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, soft plastics, propane tanks, small computer electronics, and more, to be responsibly recycled. Of course we will cut keys, mix and match paint, and advise you on your plumbing, electrical, gardening, and home improvement endeavors, too. And, we offer extensive selections in our housewares, pet and gift departments.

When we introduce nontraditional elements into our stores and business practices, we are responding to customer requests and needs.

So, we want to hear from you, Rockridge. If there is a niche you would like to see a hardware store fill in your neighborhood, or even if you'd just like to say "hello," please reach out to us at

Grand Opening; Local Hiring
January 1, 2015, is the target date for the grand opening in Rockridge. Meanwhile, please visit us at the Out & About festival on October 12 to introduce yourself, see Dave's famous card trick and taste our private label Cole Hardware Cutting Edge wine. (We told you we were different!)

We will talk about job opportunities at the new store - as we hope to hire locally - and also tell people about our Community Assistance Partnership Program through which schools and nonprofit organizations earn benefits such as a 10 percent return on purchases their supporters make in our stores.

--by Adrianna Karp, Cole Hardware

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