The Gardiner Family Tradition of Helpful Service
and Honest Value Began in 1955
At the age of 16, Bob Gardiner began working part-time at Cross Hardware in Skowhegan. Even then, he dreamed of owning his own store. After years of learning and experience, he opened Damariscotta Hardware in 1955 on Main Street, in the old site of Lincoln County Hardware. Customer service and good work ethics as well as providing a quality product were always of top priority to Bob. A fire in 1960 during a blizzard caused Gardiner to close and build a new store on Upper Main Street in Damariscotta. In time the successful business grew and needed again to expand and move.
A third move in 2001 brought Damariscotta Hardware to a beautiful new building just a bit further up Main Street with plenty of parking and is the home of Damariscotta Hardware today. All completely handicapped accessible and with expanded departments, today’s customers have access to over 90,000 items. From Equipment Rental to Heating Stoves and Fuel, the Garden Center, Gas and Charcoal Grills, Plumbing, Electrical Supplies, Paint and Painting Supplies, Kitchenware, Cleaning Supplies, Tools and More – We have it all. Please come see this family owned and operated business today for all of your hardware needs.
We’ll miss you Bob.
The Damariscotta Hardware Family is saddened to announce the death of our founder, Robert H. (Bob) Gardiner. Bob had been ill for several weeks and his passing took place at approximately 7:30am February 26, 2010. Bob came to the Damariscotta area from Skowhegan as a young man with the dream of buying a local hardware store and providing the best life possible for his wife and young but growing family. What is today Damariscotta Harware is a testamony to the success of that dream, doing each day what he loved best, taking care of the hardware needs of the communities he loved so much, and finally watching as his family became a part of and finally taking over the day-to-day management of the company. With quiet dignity, he went from being “Damariscotta Bob” to “Bob Senior”. Damariscotta Bob Gardiner was one of a kind. Even in these later years he enjoyed every moment spent in the store as much as he did as a teenager back in Skowhegan. He was never happier than when he was helping a customer find that ever elusive plumbing part, or fixing a broken lamp,and sending them on their way with a smile on their face. We will miss you Bob.