The Waukee Hardware and Rent-It Center had a lot to celebrate on Saturday Sept. 29.
The hardware store started its grand re-opening celebration at 10 a.m. and the party didn’t stop until 7 p.m.
On Halloween night 2017, the storefront took a hit from a vehicle. This led to a new design by Jerry Purdy from Design Alliance.
Owners Geoff and Anne Warmouth explained their reasoning behind the new storefront at the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29.
“Anne and I had a vision for a nostalgic looking hardware store for the downtown business,” Geoff said. “We did not want to have it look like it was built on Highway 6. We wanted it to fit downtown.”
Along with celebration the re-opening, Waukee Hardware also celebrated its 140th year of business and the Warmouth’s 20th year of ownership. Waukee Hardware and Rent-It Center opening in 1878. The Warmouths purchased the store in 1998 and are the sixth family to own the business.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Bill Peard issued a proclamation to Geoff and Anne Warmouth for 20 years at the store. At the end of his proclamation, the mayor announced Sept. 28, 2018, as Waukee Hardware Day in the City of Waukee.
“They care about people, they care about this community. I can’t think of two better people that best represent Waukee,” Peard said about the Warmouths.
Geoff also addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting, thanking Peard and the Waukee Chamber of Commerce for attending the ceremony. He also addressed the customers for keeping the business going through the years, as well as the hardware store staff.
“Of course, I want to thank my staff for keeping the store open and functioning during the construction process,” Geoff said. “Putting up with all the headaches from the noise and all the dust and leaks during the construction of the roof and so on. Pushing through every day to make sure our customers were greeted and served with a friendly smile.”
Finally, Geoff gave a tearful thank you to Anne.
“To my wife Anne - my partner and boss. … During the second half of this project I had a health setback as many of you know. And it was Anne who nursed me back to health, along with my family and friends. Checking in on me and getting me to my appointments and rehab. It was Anne who kept the project and the store going. With her dedication and our employees and customers pitching in wherever necessary - taking on more hours and responsibility - you all cemented my belief that we would be okay.”
The celebration continued after the ribbon cutting ceremony with food and a live band.
The Waukee Hardware and Rent-It Center is located at 380 6th St.