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Central Hardware

Central Hardware was once a midwestern hardware store chain based in St. Louis, Missouri. Central was one of the first home improvement store chains to regularly build stores topping 50,000 square feet. This store in Columbus was built in 1979. In the late 1980s and 1990s, other chains like Hechinger and Builders Square with larger stores moved into the area. The Central Hardware chain went bankrupt in 1995 and shut down all their stores. Central once had stores in many markets. Some of these markets include Columbus, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Memphis.


I really can't find much about this chain but here are some former locations I tracked down.



>Northland Boulevard and Southland Road (Central Park Plaza), Forest Park

Might be empty, not sure if buffet is still there

>Montgomery Road and Sherman Avenue (Surrey Square Mall), Norwood

Surrey Square was an actual enclosed mall anchored by just Central and a Thriftway Supermarket! It has been demolished since the mid-2000s.

>Beechmont Avenue and I-275 (Beechmont Plaza), Cincinnati

Demolished for Home Depot

>Refugee and Hamilton Roads (the location this picture is of), Columbus

>Cleveland Avenue and I-270 (Westworth Station), Columbus

Looks like it might be empty now

>Olentangy River Road and Bethel Road (Olentangy Plaza), Columbus

Now a Micro Center store



>Elvis Presley Boulevard and Seife Road, Memphis

Abandoned still, originally a Corondolet store

>Perkins Road and American Way, Memphis

Now New Horizons Computer Learning Center



>US 31 (south of Southport Road), Indianapolis



>10705 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights

Turned into Value City department store, now Value City Furniture and Harbor Freight Tools

>3000 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton

Now Atlantis Pools



>Interstate 270 and Halls Ferry Road, Ferguson

Demolished for Shop 'n Save

>Mid-Rivers Center, St. Peters

Now Value City Furniture

>4445 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis

Now Babies R Us and Sports Authority

>15355 Manchester Rd, Ballwin

Now Jo-Ann Fabrics and Buy Buy Baby

>10720 Big Bend Road, Kirkwood

long demolished

>Olive and Mason Roads, Creve Coeur

Now Commerce Mortgage

>1212 S. Gannon Drive, Festus

Now Hood's Discount Home Center

>1616 Dielman Road, Overland

B&J Peerless Restaurant Supply

>5835 Manchester Avenue, Saint Louis

Now CK Supply


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Uploaded on May 7, 2015