Germantown Hardware’s expansion is underway, and customers can soon expect a bigger retail space and an outdoor center for all their gardening needs.
Germantown Hardware started demolition last week and will add about 7,650 square feet of retail space and roughly another 8,000 square feet for an outside garden center in place of Germantown Car Wash and Memphis Pool.
“This was a perfect opportunity since the community’s always been a real strong supporter of the store and interested in buying from a local store in Germantown,” said John Sieggreen, president of Central Network Retail Group (CNRG), the company that owns Germantown Hardware.
CNRG, a subsidiary of Orgill Inc., a Memphis-based hardware distributor, acquired Germantown Hardware at 2083 S. Germantown Road in June, making it the company’s first retail store in the area.
“We had wanted a store in the Memphis area for a long time, and Germantown Hardware was the perfect place for CNRG to start,” Sieggreen said. “The proximity of this store to Orgill’s headquarters in Collierville will give us a great space to test innovative retail solutions and showcase them to current or prospective Orgill hardware dealers at the same time we launch them for our loyal customers here in the local community.”
Construction at Germantown Hardware will happen in four phases with certain sections blocked off at different times to ensure customers shop uninterrupted while work is underway, Sieggreen said.
Construction is expected to finish around early November.
The multi-million dollar expansion will provide new products for hardware, grilling, live goods and outdoor power equipment, with an outdoor shopping area for live nursery goods and a workshop area for small engine repair and tool rentals, Sieggreen said.
Sieggreen did not give an exact price for the project.
“I think one of the real showcases is the outdoor garden center,” Sieggreen said. “It’s going to be something special because it’ll be a lot more than just some plants on the sidewalk, it’ll be a true outdoor shopping experience.”
After construction ends, the process of merchandising and signage begins, then training new employees. Germantown currently has around 20 employees and will add between 12 to 20 new employees.
Sieggreen anticipates a grand opening for the new areas in spring 2022.
He said this expansion will bring more and better options to residents especially, noting Germantown Hardware has seen more business since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“People were forced to spend more time in their homes,” Sieggreen said. “They decided to use some of that time and frankly some of the discretionary dollars they had that maybe would have normally gone to things like travel, they chose to invest in their homes.”