At the end of July, the doors closed on Ferny Hills’ hardware store for the final time.
Nestled under the block of shops on Ferny Way, opposite the Telstra Exchange, this hardware store has served the local area since 1968. It was first operated by Mr and Mrs Jones who sold to the Spencer family. It was then known as ‘Spencer Hardware’ and continued to trade under this name when owned by John and Jackie Findlay-Bisset.. It then came under the True Value Hardware banner.
The next owners, Bruce and Annette Anderson traded for five years before the present owners Keith and Barbara McGhee took control in 2002.
Sadly, the progession will now cease and the convenience of this local hardware haven will be missed by both home handymen, local schools, tradesmen and anyone seeking advice and solutions to a myriad of plumbing, gardening, carpentry and assorted ‘needs-fixing’ problems.
Retirement is now beckoning for the owners and Keith’s friend George who has been an invaluable assistant behind the counter supporting Keith and Barbara when trade was busy, especially at weekends. George no doubt will fill any spare time chasing fish up north in his favourite fishing haunts.
Keith and Barbara have enjoyed a loyal following and know many residents and tradies by first name. They are retiring reluctantly.
“Even with the opening of Bunnings at Keperra, we were confident that we could still service a niche market for the smaller shopper,” said Keith. “But we weren’t prepared to re-sign an extended lease. A short term lease was not available so we were left with the only option of closing the door.”
Barbara, Keith and George have enjoyed serving local customers and providing advice when needed.
“We are very grateful for the support that has been shown to our hardware business,” said Barbara. “We thank our customers for their continued loyalty. We leave, having made many friends.”
The convenience of this hardware store and the expert, friendly advice will be sorely missed. It is the end of a little chapter in the retail history of Ferny Hills.