BY JOANNE ADLER SINOVOI | I heard a new hardware store, long-rumored to be taking over the space of a similar small business, finally opened on Eighth Avenue near my home. I went over to take a look, and the first thing I noticed was that the scaffolding covering the entrance. My first thought was that people are not going to notice that they are open for business. When I walked through the doors of Chelsea Hardware NYC, I immediately noticed the lighting, which was nice and bright (unlike the previous hardware store, under different ownership). There was no trace of the former business. I was definitely impressed, and hope they can stay in business for many years to come. The owner, Pedro Figueroa, was kind enough to take some time out of his day for the Q&A printed below.
Joanne Adler Sinovoi for Chelsea Community News (Sinovoi): When did you open?
Pedro Figueroa (Figueroa): Monday, January 30, 2023.
Sinovoi: Is this your first hardware store?
Figueroa: No, this is my second hardware store. My other store is Midtown Hardware, 815 Second Ave., by the UN.
Sinovoi: Do you have a business partner?
Figueroa: Yes, my wife—it’s a family business.
Sinovoi: What made you decide to open a hardware store right here?
Figueroa: Location. The nearest hardware store on Eighth Avenue is 38th Street. And we wanted to be part of this community.
Sinovoi: What kind of supplies do you carry?
Figueroa: Electrical, plumbing, and cleaning supplies, key copies, hand and power tools, paint and painting supplies…
Sinovoi: What improvements have you made from the gutted former hardware store that was in your location?
Figueroa: We installed LED lighting–big fixtures, brand new flooring. The store was completely empty [when we took over].
Sinovoi: Will you be working in this store every day?
Figueroa: I’ll be spending the majority of my time here.
Sinovoi: How did you get into the hardware store business?
Figueroa: I’ve been in the business since 1995. My mentor, the old owner of my Midtown store, sold me that store in 2017, when he retired. He said [years before], “If I retire, I promise, the store is yours.”
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