Brookland Hardware Closing

3501 12th Street, NE via Brookland True Value Hardware & Rental

From a press release:

“Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware, announces that Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware as a Senior Adviser to Annie’s newest retail location at 3405 8th Street NE in Brookland/Edgewood. After 40 years in the retail hardware business in Brookland, Howard will hold a retirement and liquidation sale starting Thursday, July 23 at Brookland Hardware, 3501 12th Street NE. All inventory will be sold at deep discounts. After the transition, Howard will join the Ace team, bringing generations of knowledge and trust with him.

Howard has served both the Capitol Hill and Brookland communities during his tenure, and he comes from a long line of hardware store operators that includes his father, uncle and grandfather. In 2007, Howard received the Legacy Award from the Washington, DC Hall of Fame in recognition of his service to the city’s residents and for his contributions to the District’s growth and development. Additionally, Brookland Hardware has been hailed as the “Best Hardware Store” by Washington City Paper. “Howard is an institution. The neighbors genuinely trust him and his staff, and we are honored to be working side-by-side with him in this new chapter for both of our businesses,” lauds Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware. Annie’s Ace will also be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood.

An event is planned for Saturday, August 1 from 11am-1pm at Brookland True Value Hardware to celebrate and honor Howard Politzer’s legacy. Brookland True Value is open from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Invited guests include Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and John Feeley, Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011, Arcadia Publishing).

The new Annie’s Ace Hardware anticipates a late fall opening in 2015. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. The first location opened in the Petworth neighborhood to rousing success in 2012. “Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom, “which is something that both Howard and I are committed to continuing in Brookland.”

The new 7,400 square-foot Annie’s Hardware-Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer many of the same services neighbors expect from Brookland Hardware, such as key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will also include a 1,000 square-foot garden center, which will feature plants native to the region.

Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store. “I look forward to working with our new community to meet their needs, and I’m excited to continue our practice of hiring local residents from the neighborhood,” Vedrody explained.”

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  • brookland_rez

    So glad they found a way to keep Howard. He is a great guy and is very knowledgeable and customer focused. This sounds like everyone wins. Brookland gets a nice new store, Howard stays on, and hopefully someone gets the old Brookland Hardware location and invests in much needed renovations and opens another business of some sort. Another restaurant or bar would be great.

    • I agree–seems like a happy ending for all involved, especially the employees at Brookland Hardware coming over to Annie’s. I’d definitely get behind another restaurant coming in, too; restaurants seem like the type of business best suited to 12th at this point. I don’t know how long a new specialty retail store would last there in the age of Amazon.

      • Annie is always a class act. Provides a great service to the community, including being something of a community center, and gives jobs to people in the neighborhood.

    • I’m not sure there’s demand for another restaurant/bar without more residential density. There are what – six or seven new sit-down places and three “fast-casual” joints now? And that’s not including the stuff at Rhode Island Row.

      • brookland_rez

        I thought the same but every time I’m in one of the new restaurants, they all seem to be doing well. There’s been a tremendous amount of density added to the area, with much more to come.

        • Not as much as might be possible without incessant NIMBYism, though.

          • brookland_rez

            The only real NIMBY’s have been the ones next to the Col Brooks site and Carolyn Steptoe who thankfully got voted out. At least our NIMBY’s aren’t as bad as Cleveland Park NIMBY’s.

        • Yes, I think once all of the new developments come online, 12th Street will be able to support lots of businesses. But that won’t happen for another 5 years at least. I see steady business at the existing places – especially on weekends – but they aren’t nearly as busy as they could be.

      • I think there is now a good amount of bars or gastropubs, if we are being generous, in Brookland. What I would love in that place would be a fine dining option. If Petworth can support Crane & Turtle, why can Brookland support a similar fine dining place.

        • There’s currently quite a bit more density in Petworth. They don’t have anything quite like Monroe Street Market, but most SFH lots in Brookland are 4,000 to 7,000 square feet. That’s 2-3 times the size of most larger Petworth lots, meaning that they have 2-3 houses where Brookland has one. Crane and Turtle can draw people from the rest of Ward 1, as well, which is the most densely-populated area of the city.

          • brookland_rez

            That’s what I like about Brookland. I had my choice of Petworth or Brookland back in 2009 when I bought, and I liked the fact I could have more land in Brookland. I like all the density being added up by the Metro because that ensures that there’s a number of places to go out. But I can still walk a few blocks east and have my yard.

  • These folks are true assets to the community, because it’s extremely hard to do better than break even with a small hardware store in a city such as DC.

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