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Pearl River's Hadeler Hardware Closing

Paul Hadeler is selling Hadeler Hardware and the rest of the building at the corner of Main Street and Central Ave. in Pearl River. Hadeler's Hardware will be closing after over 107 years at that location.

The sign on the counter at Hadeler Hardware in Pearl River tells customers that the store began its 108th year Dec. 6, 2012.

There will be no 109th year.

Owner Paul Hadeler is selling the store, which has been in his family since it opened its doors in 1905, so he can retire. His wife Rita's store, Dreams, will also be closing. 

"It's been done for a while, but for all the lending agencies to get the money and confirmation took the longest time," Paul Hadeler said. "It's near completion within the next two weeks. We're waiting for a date (to close). I'll auction off what's left when we have a firm date we're going to close."

Hadeler Hardware and Dreams are both currently holding retirement clearance sales. Hadeler said he had been trying to sell the building, which also includes Happy Nails salon and apartments, for over two years because he wanted to retire.

"Other than college, I've been doing it for over 50 years," Hadeler said. "I don't know too many other people who have worked at one job for 50 years. My wife wife and I want to do other things."

The store has been in the family since his grandfather owned it. Paul Hadeler and his brother George bought it from their father. George Hadeler retired and moved to Virginia. . 

"All of them are dead," Paul Hadeler said. "I'm the only one left."

According to Hadeler, the buyer is Thomas Clifford of Thomas Clifford's Martial Arts, which currently has a location in Orangetown Shopping Center in Orangeburg. It is unclear if this will be a second location for the martial arts school or if it will be moving. Clifford has not returned calls from Patch.

Sydney Smith January 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I'm happy for Paul that he is getting to retire, but it sure is a shame that the town of Pearl River can't support a hardware store. The Hadler family had a large part in forming what is now today's Pearl River, and two things that come to mind are the Pearl River Library and the Pearl River Ambulance Corps both of which Paul and his brother George gave thousands of volunteer hours. Thank you Paul for all you have done for our town and I hope you get to enjoy your retirement with good health and lots of sunshine.
Louis Dean January 22, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Ditto Mr. Smith's comments. I remember as a kid in the 50s seeing my first color television in Hadeler's showroom window. Mr. Hadeler was kind enough to leave it on 24 hours a day so everyone could marvel at this new astounding invention. Lou Dean
yeahthatsme January 22, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Best of luck..
Margaret McKee January 22, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Another landmark gone.......What a great place!......What a great man George Hadler ! Any household problem that needed solving, the McKee family's solution was, "Ask Mr. Hadler".......Good Luck, Paul.....enjoy your retirement.......you will be missed.
Catherine Baker January 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I agree with Margaret McKee. Mr. Hadler was the "Go to" person for hardware problems. The big box stores don't have hands on specialists in these fields. Enjoy your retirement.....your service to all of us has, at least, earned you that.
Jamie M. January 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM
What great folks the Hadelers were and are. Sad to see this landmark close, but happy for the owners that they will be onto new things they can enjoy. Hope they take lots of photos of the store and take that "keys made" sign home with them to hang over the mantel.
Phil May January 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Paul. Bless your heart for keeping this going. I do think it's a shame, but certainly understand, you and your family persisted while the Rickels, Home Depot, lowes came in. But you gave FABulous personal service! I remember one day I needed a diamond bit that would drill through fire brick to install a stove I GOT FROM YOU. George went to a display of new Bosch hammer drills and gave me one. "Bring it back clean", he said. Try that at Lowes. I still sharpen our knives on the cool oak and ceramic rod knife sharpener I think maybe you got from Berea College. I wish you well. PR has lost an Icon, but you deserve a good retirement. God speed. Phil May
Ryan Buncher (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Thank you both for your comments. That's a great story, Louis. Helps put into perspective the role Hadeler Hardware has played in Pearl River and for how long.
Andrew Wiley January 23, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Thank you for your many years of service and best luck to your future endeavors.
Jane Yorks January 23, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Hadeler's Hardware, Mel's Army Navy, that little toy store that used to be owned by two brothers and Singer's Pharmacy were my "go- to" stores in Pearl River. They dispensed good merchandise, invaluable advise and friendly service. So my first reaction to Hadeler's closing was great sadness, but time is change and Paul has certainly earned his retirement. Many times he ran the store AND covered the town by being available for ambulance calls. I would like to add my voice, in gratitude for his service to the community and in wishing Paul and his wife a happy retirement.
Wendy Bloomenrader January 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM
I've been away from Pearl River for years but the image of the hardware store is still so vivid. Used to go in there with my mother alot (back in the day when shopping was done at small, independently-owned businesses). What I remember most is the SMELL and to this day I love hardware stores and their smell. Takes me instantly back to Hadeler's! Enjoy retirement.
art gunther III January 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Paul and his wife Rita deserve retirement. The store's long run had to end some time, and given today's big box stores and shopping strips, it is nearly impossible to operate many types of community businesses. Some day we may all realize how such unplanned growth disconnects neighborhoods. All the Hadelers well served the hamlet of Pearl River and surrounding NY-NJ area, pre-suburbia and after. Thanks and Godspeed to the family now gone and to Paul and Rita.
Mark Carolla January 23, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Agree...a shame for Pearl River..and a generational shift for those of us of certain ages....the Hadeler Family has been Pearl River personified. Every Saturday morning in the 50's my Dad would take me there...making the rounds downtown to Hadeler's, Werner Fischer's Hardware; Edsal and Bargman's for meat; the dry cleaners by the Post Office; and when needed to the Rialto Barbershop. Although I lived out of town for over 40 years I'd always stop at Hadelers and Mel's to prove I could go home again.
Mark Carolla January 23, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Hadeler's was an integral part of my childhood and through the years after I left what once was our Norman Rockwell community I always enjoyed during visits walking back into Hadeler's whenever I was in Pearl River...and buying something Made in the USA instead of outsourced overseas junk. A few years ago I was heartened to see the store featured in O Gauge Railroading Magazine because of the Christmas Trains in the window. The Hadeler Family were giants in commerce, the ambulance, the public library and the school board...and the closing of this icon marks the end of an era of neighhborhood liveable and "Green" communities.
thomas andrews January 30, 2013 at 04:18 PM
It will be dificult to think of Pearl River without Hadeler's.George always remembered his customer's by name.I'll miss the holiday window displays.The town is loosing an important part of it"s history and soul.Downtown Pearl River defined my youth.Hadeler's along with Mel's army & navy ,where I got my boy scout uniform. ,Bounton's camera,where I got my first Kodak,Auction Outlet,Ben Franklin's 5 & 10, and the long lines at Tucker's bakery on sunday to pick up rolls & crumb cake after church at St. Margeret's..Have a wonderful retirement Paul.I thank you & your family for all the great memories.You'll be missed more than you know.
Douglas Osborne February 17, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I've been watching those Christmas trains since we moved to Pearl River in 1973. And George Hadeler was my Boy Scout Troop leader at the Lutheran Church - it's kinda sad to see the end of another era in Pearl River.
John Jenny February 17, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I've never been to Hadeler's Hardware store and doubt that I've ever been in Pearl River. However it sure has been fun and interesting to read all the comments by you-all regarding the store's closing. I can certainly sympathize with your feeling of loss as a long time fixture of the community is to be no more. Small town America, for me, is now pretty much only a sweet memory. I miss it. The "5 & 10", the old fashioned drug store and even the barber shop of old are gone. But somehow, the hardware store has always been the most memorable of icons of "downtown" - at least for old guys like me. Thanks for the reminisces by all the above writers. I feel as though I kind of know Paul and George Hadeler. They must be great folks to have so many of you wishing them well.
Joe March 01, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Beat of wishes to Mr. and Mrs Hadeler. It's time for the next generation of family business to come to Pearl River.
Brad Candullo March 22, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Sad day. As a kid I got my first hammer at Hadeler's. We had a joke in our family "we would move out of Pearl River when Hadeler's closes" I think because it was the last through back to a GREAT small town. Lots of luck for you and your family.

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