‘Quite a ride’: Beloved Harvey’s Hardware in Needham is closing after 70 years

NEEDHAM. Mass. — A go-to family-owned hardware store for generations of families in Needham has announced it is closing after nearly 70 years in business.

Harvey’s Hardware was founded in 1953 by then-20-year-old Harvey Katz. The store, known for its wide inventory and its narrow aisles, sits in the heart of downtown Needham on Great Plain Avenue.

It was hit by an electrical fire in February 2022. The store, now run by Katz’s two sons, had planned to re-open but the family cited supply chain issues this past May as it tried to recover from the fire.

“Once all the damaged inventory was removed from our shelves, it was quite apparent that in order to re-stock, we would have to replace the existing shelving fixtures first,” according to a post in May from the family. “The supply chain issue that everyone is talking about these days is impacting the delivery of new fixtures. Finding ‘used’ fixtures that are in good shape and suitable for our needs is not easy, either.”

On Thursday, Gary and Jeff Katz shared the “difficult decision” to cease operations.

“This announcement comes with mixed emotions – we are so proud of the business that we’ve built in the Needham community and are thankful for the terrific customers and the great friendships we’ve made along the way.” said the Katz brothers in a post to Facebook. “As much as we will miss our store and our daily interactions with you all, we know this is the right time to enter our next chapter.”

“When our dad Harvey opened Harvey’s Hardware in 1953, he couldn’t have hoped for anything more – having a thriving business in the town that he called home, working side by side with his family (including each of his 7 grandchildren), and long-time employees who became like family.” said the Katz brothers. “You all brought our father so much joy and purpose, and we can only hope that Harvey’s legacy lives on in this community for years to come. Thank you to all of our loyal customers who have supported us over the years. It’s been quite a ride!”

Customers reacted to the news with dismay, but also with thanks for the store’s decades of service to the community.

“So sorry to see this establishment, this family, end their reign as a premier storefront in Needham. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Thank you for always being there for us and for this town,” said Needham Firefighters Local 1706.

“Always there to lend a hand, great advice on what to buy, etc. You always went above and beyond. Thank you best wishes to each of you!” said Maureen Coughlin.

“You will be greatly missed. There is nothing like a local family-run business, where they know your name and wait on you and give you excellent service,” said Karen Shapiro. “This is a sad time for us in Needham.”

“I am sure this decision did not come easy but please know the difference you made, the advice you gave, and the guidance you provided,” said Laurie DiBella. “This is a relationship with superior customer service that cannot be found elsewhere.”

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