The Wall family has been the owners and operators of Public Hardware since 1924. It started as 3 brothers (John, Rand, and Harvey) and now is owned by Harvey’s son, Buster. The original location was at 111 East Parrish St, Durham NC, but was moved in 1995 to its current location at 505 N. Mangum St, Durham NC, 27701. As with most cases Durham related, we have a collective memory of what old Durham looked like. We have even had contractors ask us where things were located back in the day, or the correct original name of a building.
The building we were best known for is no longer there. That has not kept us from keeping many of the nostalgic products you would have seen there. Hanging on our walls are many old tools, guns, knives, and household items we sold “back in the day”. Our building may be new, and considered non impressive by some standards, but our collection inside will make you catch your breath.
There are some traditions we can not get rid of. Like placing the family newborn on the same nail scale that has weighed all of our family newborns. Like giving our customers the personal service that they deserve. The same applies to our business. We do what we say and we keep things simple. If you want a handful of nails, you can get a handful of nails. If you only need one bolt you do not have to purchase a box, you can just get one. We also try to always go look on the shelf when you call to ask if we have an item.