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Save Newhall Hardware

Posted: February 22, 2008 3:44 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

WHAT? Newhall Hardware is closing? THAT CAN'T BE. It's been a landmark in the local community for 60 years. It's always been the place where you could get advice from knowledgeable people and find almost anything.
I experienced their commitment to the community during the earthquake in 1994. A flexible coupling on my water heater was broken, and I needed a replacement. Newhall Hardware was the only store open during the first days after the quake.

I joined several others at their back gate and showed them what I needed. They were using flashlights to enter the store, search through the jumble and return with needed parts. Where else can you find that kind of commitment?

The city of (Santa Clarita) has helped put Newhall Hardware out of business. First, there was the Metrolink station. It wiped out their garden center and parking lot. Then, Railroad (Avenue) was widened and set up as a fast track past downtown Newhall. More of their parking was eliminated, and it became hazardous to cross the street.

Finally, San Fernando Road was blocked off, renamed and set up with backwards diagonal parking. All of these "improvements" made it very difficult to shop at Newhall Hardware and other downtown businesses. The city has promised to improve the parking, but nothing has been accomplished so far.

It's hard enough for a local hardware store to compete with the big warehouse stores with no help. Why not establish Newhall Hardware as a Historic Landmark? It might enable them to achieve "non-profit" status and survive, if the city improves the parking situation. It's the right thing to do.


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