Few men or women can boast a lifespan as long as the locally-owned Richner Hardware. For most of the twentieth century, the little store stood as a brick-and-mortar reminder that quaint towns could hold onto remnants of their past, even when facing competition from larger competitors. Richner’s was a fixture of Twinsburg: a place where you could rest assured you’d run into someone you knew.
Opened in 1919 by Charles Richner and his son Edward, the small hardware store occupied a rather ordinary two-tone building. The business proved a success and eventually found itself neighbors with Lawson’s Ice Cream and Roseberry’s Department Store, both just east of the hardware store. A facelift was given to the old storefront in the 1940s and the little shop received a red brick facade visible in photos and postcards of the era.
Eventually outgrowing its original location near the corner of Darrow and Ravenna Road, the heavily used building was replaced with a new structure. The swap occurred in 1962. Decade after decade passed and the store changed hands within the family. But all things come to an end and Richner Hardware proved no match for the movement of time. The much-beloved store closed its doors after 95 years of family-owned and operated service. Competition from big box stores and the diversity of goods for sale at nearly every grocery store proved insurmountable. When interviewed as part of the bicentennial celebrations, every individual approached recalled stories and memories of the little, local hardware store.