In Mar. 6-12 issue
By Derek Aaron
Times Journal ReporterEmployee Larry Wilson assembles a cart at the new location of Wison & Sons Hardware in Jamestown. The business opened on Monday, March 3.
JAMESTOWN - After months of anticipation, Jamestown now has its own hardware store again. Daniel Wilson along with his brother, Tim Wilson, own and operate Wilson & Son's Hardware. The store opened up for business in Jamestown this past Monday.
The brothers also own a larger store in Russell Springs.
Located near the U.S. 127 bypass and intersection in Jamestown, Wilson said the spot was an ideal place to locate a business of this type.
"We looked at two or three different locations and this was, location-wise, the best with the bypass and the intersection being right out there," Daniel Wilson said. "We really like this location."
"Obviously there was a demand for a store like this in Jamestown," he said. "There was an open market, and the mayor (Brooks Bates) actually came to us and was instrumental in us doing it."
Wilson said he saw an opening for a profitable hardware store in Jamestown, which hasn't had a store of its kind in several years. Most recently, people from Jamestown had to travel to Russell Springs for materials and tools they needed.
One interesting item the hardware store has is Valspar paint, something not available at the Russell Springs location.
"After meeting with them and talking to the (representative) we decided to go ahead with it," Wilson said. He said it was a nationally-known brand and that he has had positive responses from the people who have seen and used it. "We're excited about it," he said.
Wilson also pointed out that the Jamestown store has a large selection of Case knives, even larger than at the Russell Springs location.
"People go crazy over them," he said.
He said he was surprised at the amount of inventory he was able to fit into the building.
"At first we actually wanted a larger building but after seeing this, it has turned out to be ideal," he said. "I think we've got a pretty good assortment of stuff."
Wilson invited anyone from Jamestown or Russell Springs to come and check the new store out. "We've had so much positive response from the people of Jamestown and we're glad for the support," he said.
Wilson said the store's first day of business saw several customers and some that just came in and looked the store over, including Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates.
"We definitely needed a store like this in the southern end of the county," Bates said. "There was no doubt about it and we're fortunate that they decided to locate here."
He said he was pleased with Wilson & Son's and their adamant approach toward putting in a store in Jamestown.
"Those of us in this part of the county are pleased to death," he said. "The store is well-stocked and is looking good."
Bates said people have already begun patronizing the store; a welcome sight to his eyes.
"This is just another piece to the puzzle," he said.
Beside Valspar paints and Case knives some other notable brands, the store has a Minwax Wood Finishing Center, and has Skil and DeWalt brand equipment among others
The store is now taking applications for part and full-time workers and Wilson said one or two individuals may be hired before summer.
The store, which currently has four employees, is open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays, Wilson said. He said he hopes to extend the Saturday hours in the summer months.
"We're glad to be here," Wilson said. The store will hold a Grand Opening sometime during the month of April, he said.