Kortendick Hardware Inc.
Location & Contact Info:
3806 Douglas Ave., Racine, WI 53402, (262) 639-4820, kortendickhardware.com
Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday;
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
Russell D. Kortendick
Please share a bit about your background:
My father, Russell L., got his start in the hardware business working for his brother in law, Ed Hermes at Hermes Hardware. He opened his first store at 1518 State St. in 1951 and another store at 3301 Douglas Ave. in 1959. He opened other stores at 3806 Douglas Ave. in 1968, Gurnee, Ill. in 1975 and 1222 N. Green Bay Road in 1980. Today, we carry on Dad’s legacy at one location with a dedicated staff of longtime employees and two of my children, Brian and Pam. Store manager Tim Schneider brought 26 years of hardware experience with him when he joined the team in 2002. We’ve continually updated our product lines through the years to meet the needs of our customers, who range from do-it-yourselfers and property managers to contractors of all kinds. With 25,000 square feet of retail space, we’re really a destination store for folks throughout the area who are looking for a full service hardware store.
What was the inspiration for your business?
Stuff breaks all the time. We’re here to help and pride ourselves in offering fast, personal service with expert tips and advice.
What’s your most popular item(s)?
Our largest departments are plumbing and electrical with deep product assortments in both. PEX tubing and SharkBite products are also very popular.
Do you have a little-known specialty?
We have an extensive fishing tackle department and many people don’t realize we carry Melissa and Doug toys, a full line of clothing and unique gift items. We’re also an authorized Stihl dealer and install commercial and residential lawn sprinkler systems.
Can you share a sneak peek to your future plans?
Implementing new retail technologies to help improve our customers’ shopping experiences, both in the store and online.