Steveston needs a hardware store. We have enough restaurants, ice cream places, nail parlours and coffee shops.
We need a hardware store so people — needing a bolt or two or a new screwdriver — don’t have to drive all the way to Rona or Canadian Tire to get a small item.
The lumber yard made way for a development and the building that had the hardware store on Moncton has been unoccupied for two years.
Do hardware stores not fit into the gentrification template? Are they not cool or hip enough?
Maybe a new name for this type of store is needed to make it attractive: How about “Nuts & Bolts Heaven,” or “The Cool Tool Place,” or “PIT (Put It Together) STOP.”
Surely there is an entrepreneur out there who would be creative enough to make a hardware store work in the village.