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Hatboro's Village Hardware to Remain Open

Following last month's death of Village Hardware store owner Al Wipplinger, his son, Bob, has decided to keep the Hatboro store open.

A slice of small town America will remain on Hatboro's main street as the new owner of Village Hardware has decided to keep its doors open.

Following last month's death of store owner Al Wipplinger, his son, Bob, said people were asking about the "future" of the store his father had opened in Hatboro's downtown shopping district, after relocating from his original location at Village Mall in Horsham. 

"I wanted to let them know that I have decided to keep the store open along with our other location in Penndel," Bob Wipplinger told Patch. "We value our employees and customers and wanted to let them know that we appreciate the 30 years of business in the Hatboro-Horsham community and are looking forward to another 30 years."

Wipplinger, who worked at the Hatboro store until he and his father purchased a location in Penndel, Bucks County 14 years ago, said he will divide his time between both stores and will serve as owner and manager for now.

Hatboro's existing staff of four will remain the same, he said and hours of operation will stay just about the same, with the exception of closing at 5 p.m. on Saturdays instead of 6 p.m. 

Initially, Wipplinger said he had been "contemplating" closing the Hatboro store after "reviewing the store's poor sales," but, at least for now, decided against that. 

"I plan on expanding some areas that were in need of attention and updating stock and policies to make a fair go of it," he said. "We all know the stories of the vanishing old time hardware stores."

Cathy Burian February 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I am also very pleased that the store will remain open, as a single gal, they are always very helpful when you go in with a gizmo or thingamajig. It seems like no matter what part you need, they have it. My sympathy to your family. I will remain a loyal customer.
dave February 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Living in hatboro we all need to make a effort to shop there so that they dont have to close up shop. Dont just go to hdepotand and Giant. It is the only way to keep a small town. We have some good stores and restaurants.
Nick February 23, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Sorry to hear of the passing. The store and family have a very long history in the Horsham and Hatboro area. Glad to hear it is staying open. Thoughts go out to Bob and the family. Thx... Nick Lamelza
Mary February 24, 2013 at 05:16 PM
He was a very helpful man. Glad it will stay open.
Audrey Wipplinger-Krebs February 25, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I'm thrilled to hear that Village Hardware will stay OPEN. We must come together in our communities to help keep small business(es) going. They are the backbone of every city and small town. It is my hope that Village Hardware will be able to stay open and be passed down to the next generation. I love(d) my Dad, Al. This will be his legacy, thanks to my brother Bob. Sending Love and Continued Success for the Hatboro-Horsham community! Audrey Wipplinger Krebs

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