Our local hardware store has been around since most people can remember. Back in the day, it was called Down to Earth Hardware and owned by Murray Smith. Today, it’s still locally-owned, a True ValueⓇ coop member, and the best-equipped outlet for DIY-ers and contractors this side of the Tuolumne River.
“Our customer mix is about 50-50 between local homeowners and contractors,” says Store Manager Jordan Matter. “Pine Mountain Lake and GCSD are big clients, with all their maintenance needs, but there’s a whole lot of home improvement going on up here, and we’ve got a little bit of everything for whatever you’re doing. And we deliver.”
PML Hardware really does have just about everything. Whether you’re gardening, plumbing, rewiring, redecorating, building, landscaping, barbecuing, fishing, or feeding the birds, they’ve got you covered. And, as a True Value member, PML Hardware has access to the entire True Value line of trusted products and services. You can order anything from TrueValue.com and have it shipped directly to our store in Big Oak Flat.
New this week is a complete renovation of PML Hardware’s Paint Department with a switch to Benjamin MooreⓇ paints. Did you know that the NY Times rated Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select the best interior paint in 2018? The remodeled, refreshed Paint Department is even more accessible to local decorators and renovators.
A little bit of everything now and a whole lot of vision for growth. Matter has several exciting plans in the works, including beefing up the store’s selection of masonry materials, hooking into True Value’s equipment rentals program, adding landscaping equipment sales and service, and making structural improvements to the lumber yard for space efficiency and accessibility. Future plans include further development of the spacious property for additional retail businesses.
Jordan Matter grew up on Smith Station. He went to Tenaya Elementary and graduated from Tioga High School (class of ‘08). Matter learned the trade working with his dad on local construction projects. He went to work for PML Hardware in 2019 as a delivery driver. Now Matter manages the store for owner Alan Gaudenti, and sees nothing but opportunity when he looks to the future.
Stop in and see for yourself.
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