PROGRESS 2014: North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental


North Heights Hardware Hank owner Jim Schwalbach says the store is already looking ahead to spring, when it will have a fully stocked, pop-up garden mart in its parking lot.

Andy Davison scoops up cracked corn from a bin in the bird feed section. In addition to prepackaged and in bulk wild bird food, there’s an ever-changing selection of stylish bird feeders.

Looking forward to a bountiful garden this summer, Greg Petersen of Roseville, right, discusses fertilizer options with assistant sales manager Jack Krispin.

North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental’s new garden mart will have the same knowledgeable employees who staffed the former Linder’s pop-up mart in the store’s parking lot.

North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental
Seasonal flower mart will be popping up soon

North Heights Hardware Hank
2920 Rice Street
651-484-4266

www.hardwarehank.com

If you’re already thinking ahead to warmer days and the gardening season (and who of us isn’t after this long winter?) and wondering where you will find quality annuals and perennials now that Linder’s has shut down, look no further than your friendly North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental store in Little Canada.

Owner Jim Schwalbach has not only purchased the pop-up flower mart that Linder’s operated in the hardware store’s parking lot for years, he’s also hired the veteran crew who staffed it.

Schwalbach says, “It’s been suggested to me every year that we operate a garden mart. But with the Linder’s pop-up located just beyond our door, there was no need.”

That all changed when Linder’s auctioned off all its seasonal garden centers. Schwalbach said he made sure he bought the actual garden mart (complete with all the display shelves) that was stationed outside his store every spring and summer.

And best of all, he says, longtime manager of the local Linder’s garden mart, Kathy Harrell, and her crew of seasonal workers will be back this year.

“She and I are going to try to make the transition as seamless as possible,” he says. “We want to offer the same high-quality products and the same level of expertise that people were accustomed to.”

Harrell will help with the selection of plants from reputable Midwestern nurseries. The North Heights Hardware Hank garden mart will stock annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, trees, shrubs, potted outdoor plants, hanging plants, potting soils, mulches and more.

If you’re eager to get a jumpstart on the growing season, the store stocks three brands of flower and vegetable seeds.

With one stop, you can take care of your all summer garden and lawn needs. The store carries the full line of Scott’s lawn fertilizers and yard care products, and Ortho weed controls and garden chemicals. Of course the store also has an assortment of garden tools, hoses, sprinklers and flowerpots.

Best of all, there’s no wasting time wandering around a barn-like store searching for the lawn and garden products, or the light-bulb section or paint department. The knowledgeable staff, right down to the cashiers, are ready to assist and answer your questions.

Andy and Jack can suggest the right model in top-notch power equipment or parts to keep your old classic running like new.

And both Doug and Dave know service and repairs — they attend training often to keep up on technological developments in every brand they carry.

The store offers Toro, Ariens and Echo brands as well as over 400 different power equipment belts. They recommend getting your lawnmower ready for the season with a tune-up and a new blade — the store has at least 150 different blades in stock.

North Heights Hardware Hank and Rental also has everything else you need for the summer grilling season, including a full line of Weber grills, from tabletop models to full outdoor kitchen centers. The store offers assembly and delivery.

The store carries the full line of Valspar paint and stains. It also has a computer color-matching system, which takes away the pesky guesswork.

In the window and screen repair area, Mike’s been putting them back together for 20 years.

You’ve got the know-how, but do you have the right tools for the job? With the rental department’s extensive inventory, you can rent what you need to do it yourself — and still save.

Make sure to check out www.hardwarehank.com for monthly specials or to order that hard-to-find item. If North Heights Hardware Hank doesn’t have it, Hardware Hank can ship it quickly.

And this spring, be sure to check out the profusion of colorful annuals and perennials at the well-stocked garden mart, which will be open seven days a week, including Memorial Day.

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