Check Out Trinidad’s Newly Opened Hardware Store – W.S. Jenks & Son “Washington’s Oldest Hardware Store”

910 Bladensburg Road, NE

A little over a couple months old – I finally checked out W.S. Jenks & Son’s new Trinidad location near H Street, NE. The folks were super nice and the place is stocked with all your hardware needs:

“Established in 1866, W.S. Jenks is Washington’s most complete source for Tools, Hardware, and Machinery”

And the space is huge – was on old car showroom. And W.S. Jenks is super old with some great history:

“2014 – W.S. JENKS & SON moves to a new 20,000 sf location with a new emphisis on the local hardware experience. In addition to our government and commerical sales, our new retail showroom is a unique shopping experience. Visit us and see why we are not just another hardware store.

After 146 Years WS JENKS & SON has earned the reputation as “Washington’s Oldest Hardware Store” and is the finest in Industrial, Woodworking, Contractor and Electronic Assembly Tool sales. Whether the order was placed by Mr. Morse’s telegraph or Mr. Bell’s telephone or today’s E-mail, we look forward to continued growth in the future, while giving our customers prompt, personal service and attention.”

Check out tons of photos after the jump including some sweet old history (botanic gardens ledger from early 1900s and tons more) – oh yeah there are plans for an eventual partnership with a restaurant (nobody in particular yet) to lease the space for a roof top restaurant and bar – but that’s way down the road – but when it comes…

















5 Comment

  • Already a very impressive store and they’re only in soft opening. Might be the best hardware store in DC.

  • Where were they located before opening at 910 Bladensburg? Or is this claim of being the oldest hardware store based more on the origin/roots of their name than a run of continuous operation?

    • They were previously on Brentwood Parkway, over behind the Home Depot (near MGM Roast Beef). If I understand correctly they were more providing heavier machinery and professional grade tools to contractors and the government for some time, rather than focusing on their retail hardware operations, as they are expanding (or reclaiming) now.

  • Prices were comparable to Home Depot, but the staff couldn’t be any different. They we so helpful and friendly! Great addition to a neighborhood!

  • Great store and friendly employees. Visited the other day to have a set of house keys cut and they gave me an extra key for free.

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