Pearl River's Hadeler Hardware Closing

Paul Hadeler is selling Hadeler Hardware and the rest of the building at the corner of Main Street and Central Ave. in Pearl River. Hadeler's Hardware will be closing after over 107 years at that location.

The sign on the counter at Hadeler Hardware in Pearl River tells customers that the store began its 108th year Dec. 6, 2012.

There will be no 109th year.

Owner Paul Hadeler is selling the store, which has been in his family since it opened its doors in 1905, so he can retire. His wife Rita's store, Dreams, will also be closing. 

"It's been done for a while, but for all the lending agencies to get the money and confirmation took the longest time," Paul Hadeler said. "It's near completion within the next two weeks. We're waiting for a date (to close). I'll auction off what's left when we have a firm date we're going to close."

Hadeler Hardware and Dreams are both currently holding retirement clearance sales. Hadeler said he had been trying to sell the building, which also includes Happy Nails salon and apartments, for over two years because he wanted to retire.

"Other than college, I've been doing it for over 50 years," Hadeler said. "I don't know too many other people who have worked at one job for 50 years. My wife wife and I want to do other things."

The store has been in the family since his grandfather owned it. Paul Hadeler and his brother George bought it from their father. George Hadeler retired and moved to Virginia. . 

"All of them are dead," Paul Hadeler said. "I'm the only one left."

According to Hadeler, the buyer is Thomas Clifford of Thomas Clifford's Martial Arts, which currently has a location in Orangetown Shopping Center in Orangeburg. It is unclear if this will be a second location for the martial arts school or if it will be moving. Clifford has not returned calls from Patch.

Douglas Osborne February 17, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I've been watching those Christmas trains since we moved to Pearl River in 1973. And George Hadeler was my Boy Scout Troop leader at the Lutheran Church - it's kinda sad to see the end of another era in Pearl River.
John Jenny February 17, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I've never been to Hadeler's Hardware store and doubt that I've ever been in Pearl River. However it sure has been fun and interesting to read all the comments by you-all regarding the store's closing. I can certainly sympathize with your feeling of loss as a long time fixture of the community is to be no more. Small town America, for me, is now pretty much only a sweet memory. I miss it. The "5 & 10", the old fashioned drug store and even the barber shop of old are gone. But somehow, the hardware store has always been the most memorable of icons of "downtown" - at least for old guys like me. Thanks for the reminisces by all the above writers. I feel as though I kind of know Paul and George Hadeler. They must be great folks to have so many of you wishing them well.
Joe March 01, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Beat of wishes to Mr. and Mrs Hadeler. It's time for the next generation of family business to come to Pearl River.
Brad Candullo March 22, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sad day. As a kid I got my first hammer at Hadeler's. We had a joke in our family "we would move out of Pearl River when Hadeler's closes" I think because it was the last through back to a GREAT small town. Lots of luck for you and your family.
Christopher Marx June 14, 2014 at 09:04 AM
I know this is a little after the fact, but I worked there in high school. George and Paul were great to work for, they knew my parents and grandparents from the Tri-Marx Volvo days, and it is sorely missed.


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