Focus on the Land
Loss of Hammer terrible for community, DIYers
Saturday, September 01, 2012
I guess it is a sign of big business taking over yet again.
The terrible loss of Hammer Hardware will be felt by many of us who are DIYers.
I frequented their wonderful store and the most helpful staff in town at least twice weekly for the odd screw or other single item. Now our only option is to buy dozens or hundreds of the thing you only need a few of from the big guys that modelled their stores after the American giants such as Home Depot and Wallmart — the rest will be discarded.
Having lived in Asia, I know all about the throwaway society. I guess I was dreaming to think Gisborne would support and recognise the value of personal service.
The staff at Hammer were always wonderful, even if you wanted to buy a 50c item.
I know there are many of us who will miss this hometown store.
It’s yet another sign that Gisborne is turning into a big-money, fast food, cheap goods town — which only degrades its reputation.
Yet another nail in the coffin of small family businesses in Gisborne.
I wish every employee — and I know every one of you — all the best for your future.
It’s a shame the city does not appreciate the personal touch. I will miss you guys considerably.
I guess I will buy stuff off the net, not in Gisborne. No choice now. Wake up Gisborne.
ROBERT DeL ONG
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