2007-07-07 / News

Weaver Hardware closing doors after 112 years

By Charles Prince

BALTIMORE - After 112 years in business, Baltimore's oldest business - Weaver Hardware - is closing up shop. A "going out of business" sale started on June 27.

Weaver Hardware started in 1895 and has been at the corner of West Market and South Basil streets since 1898. Brad Weaver bought the business from his parents in 1999. He is the fourth generation and started putting nuts on machine screws when he was seven years old.

"I've got 40 years in and that's long enough," Weaver told The Beacon. "I've been wanting to do something else for some time and decided I'm not going to be an old man when I do it." The long hours took a toll on Weaver. He's had a total of three weeks of vacation in the last eight years. "I should have been open on Sundays, but I refused," he said.

"I knew when I bought, I was going to sell or close it," Weaver added. "I decided three and half years ago to sell it and that didn't work out." None of his three children are interested in taking over.

Weaver said don't feel sorry for him. "This is a happy time for me," he explained.

"The entire Weaver family would like to thank all our customers over the last 112 years," Weaver added. "I look forward to seeing many of them in more social settings than standing behind a cash register."

A sales promotion company is helping sell off the inventory. Weaver is exploring several lease options for the building. He and his family aren't leaving the area.

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