Dan Denardo and Jason Lindquist both have long histories with Grant County Lumber. The Elbow Lake lumber yard opened in 1985 in the current Skid Steer Central building south of town. Denardo started working for Grant County Lumber in 1990, and Lindquist in 2003, after the business had moved to their current location.
In 2014, Denardo and Lindquist purchased the business.
In November of 2019, Mohagen’s Hardware, downtown, was closed, and people soon learned they still needed a hardware store in town.
“We had a lot of people tell us we should add a hardware store to the business,” said Denardo. “Customers, business people, city council people. They all said it would be a good fit.”
And it has been. After a winter in which an addition for storage was added, Grant County Lumber has added a complete hardware store to its lumber business. They sell tools, paints, bolts, screws, plumbing supplies, electric supplies, and everything a good hardware store should offer, including grills and grilling accessories, as well as flower seeds and seed potatoes. Most customers who step into the store marvel at how complete it is.
“It’s been interesting getting it completed,” said Lindquist. “With COVID-19, there were shortages in the inventories of our suppliers, so it took longer than we expected. We really would like to thank the people for their understanding during these times.”
“People have really supported us,” added Denardo.
Grant County Lumber and Hardware has six full- time employees, three or four part-time, and a couple of seasonal.
“We have added one full-timer and a couple of part-timers just to work in the hardware store,” he added.
“It’s not a huge store,” said Lindquist. “But if people need something, we can get it.”
The store also offers screen repair and glass cutting, as well as key cutting.Stop in anytime and take a look. Grant County Lumber and Hardware will be holding a Grand Opening May 12-14.Watch the Grant County Herald, in coming weeks, for details.