BY KATHY KANE
When you own a business on an island, you must have the support of the island residents. Grosse Ile Hardware has been doing just that since 1954, the last 15 years under the ownership of Ray and Laura Biddle.
On Macomb Street, there are only a few true family businesses left. One of those happens to be the hardware store, which has been a family business since its founding. Over the years three families have owned the store, lived on the island and raised their families on the island. The current store has undergone many changes over the years; some parts of it were a doctor’s office, veterinary office and lately a portion of it is a free lending library for the casual reader.
“At this hometown store, our customers often tell us our pricing is competitive with the big box stores,” Ray Biddle said. “Some of ours is slightly higher and some are slightly lower; their comment is our service and product knowledge far exceeds the other box stores so there is no reason to leave the island.” [Read more…] about Hometown hardware’s roots are in relationships