If you have been to east Portland’s Parkrose Hardware recently, you have noticed the work going on in the store. Mike Nelson, the chief operating officer said in an email that work is underway to expand the sales floor by 3000 square feet.
Existing floor tile is being removed to expose a polished concrete finish throughout, and a foyer has been added to increase energy efficiency and to make the front area more comfortable for cashiers and customers. Nearly every department is expanding, every aisle in the store is being moved and reorganized to make shopping easier and new sales registers will be added, using a queuing technique lessening the time customers wait for to check out.
Giving a tour of the work, owner Bryan Ableidinger said the renovations, costing nearly a half million dollars, will be finished by the end of February and a grand re-opening is planned for spring 2013.
Ableidinger said the goal of the work is to make everything easier for customers to find what they need through improved signage, modern graphics and better displays. He said he is making it more convenient for his customers by getting rid of the old aisle signs and replacing them with new displays and graphics with pictures, to help guide customers to what part of the store has what they are looking for. “It’ll be a graphic on the wall that helps get you where you need to go,” he said.
Staying with the graphic theme, Ableidinger said large photos of old Parkrose will be featured in the remodeled store. “We’re blending old and modern; end cap signs will have old barn door board wood on them, with stainless steel tops on them. We’re an old time hardware store in a new modern facility.”
Make Parkrose Hardware, 10625 N.E. Sandy Blvd., your first stop for fasteners, hand and power tools, painting supplies, building materials, automotive, housewares, electrical, lawn and garden, outdoor living, plumbing and equipment rental.