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Crest Hardware to Close After Over 6 Decades of Service in Williamsburg

Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center, a cherished family-owned business that has been a cornerstone of the Williamsburg community for over 60 years, announced that it will be closing its doors. 

Since its establishment in 1962 by brothers Manny and Joe Franquinha, Crest Hardware has been more than a store; it has been a gathering place and a symbol of neighborhood resilience and connection.

For 20 years under the leadership of Manny’s son, Joseph Franquinha, Crest Hardware has thrived by adapting to the evolving needs of the community, transforming from a traditional hardware store into a vibrant Urban Garden Center and a cultural hub. It has been home to numerous community events, including the renowned Crest Hardware Art Show and the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. And it has welcomed residents and visitors alike with open arms and friendly faces, including those of Franklin the pig and Finlay the parrot.

“Sadly, our property partners did not grant us any opportunity to renew our lease. They instead made the choice to sell the property in which Crest exists,” Joseph says. “The decision to not relocate reflects broader trends of increasing commercial rents and the challenges of maintaining a small business in a rapidly changing urban landscape, forcing us to make the difficult decision to permanently close our doors.”

Crest’s last day of business will be Aug. 30, 2024. 

“We are deeply grateful to our loyal customers, dedicated staff and the Williamsburg community for their unwavering support and patronage throughout the years,” Joseph says. “We invite everyone to visit us in the coming weeks to celebrate the legacy of Crest Hardware, share memories and take advantage of closing sales on our wide range of hardware supplies, garden tools and plants.”

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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