Walker County Ace Hardware is proud to say it has been an asset to the Huntsville community and to Walker County since its inception in 1927.
There is even some historical significance to the site where the hardware store is located at 1006 11th Street. The property was once the home of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which was the first church building in Huntsville. The city has placed a marker at the corner.
The business has been family owned since the 1940’s. Jimmy took over the business back in 1972 and his wife, Judi joined the business in1979. The Harding’s son Sean joined the business after graduating from Huntsville High School and is now the manager. Jimmy and Judi both agree that he is a vital part of the business, and, they could not run the store without him.
The business has undergone many changes over the past 90 years, but none as dramatic as what happened for Walker County Hardware in 2002.The Harding’s were able to increase the store from an existing 4,500 square feet to an amazing 14,500 square feet. It was quite a challenging project, as the store continued to operate in the old half while the new half was completed.
The Harding’s were excited about the added space because it affords them the opportunity to carry so many more items and provide a true “one stop shopping” experience for their customers. Along with the basic everyday hardware lines, they have expanded their plumbing, electrical, lighting, cleaning, paint, and lawn and garden departments. The store is also a Stihl and Echo dealer, with a certified mechanic to service what they sell.
Thanks to the affiliation with Ace Hardware, we now carry a full line of Craftsman tools! Another new addition to their many lines is the Nutrena Feed, made by Cargill. This line boasts of pet, farm and ranch and deer, feed!
Hunting is in the blood of both of the Harding men, and as such, the store now carries a full line of deer feeders, timers, batteries, corn, and deer blinds and now Yeti Coolers. Walker County hardware continues to have its annual Big Buck contest.
Judi has continued to expand her Gift and Home Décor department with a great selection of Roosters, wind chimes, angels, glass goods, dip mixes, and so much more! She has also expanded the jewelry department carrying some of the most coveted lines in the market. One of our newest additions is the Uno de 50 collection. Classy Country Corner always has the free gift wrapping service and looks forward to its Annual Ladies Day every November.
The store has always striven to provide their customers with knowledgeable, friendly service at a competitive price. Jimmy and Judi attribute that success to having good, qualified sales associates. They try to offer a good selection of merchandise, a fair price, a no-hassle return policy, and a special order program in which most items can be ordered and received in a couple of days.
Customers continue to be THE number one priority. The Harding’s appreciate all their support over the past 90 years, and look forward to passing this tradition down to their grandson.