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Ankeny Hardware

1134 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
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Ankeny Hardware is located in the neighborhood of Buckman-East in Portland. They have a total of 4 reviews, 4 positive reviews and 0 negative reviews. They can be contacted by calling (503) 234-6110 . They accept Visa. for payment.
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garden_guy
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Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Ankeny Hardware made my day!
Had an unusual experience the other day. My daughter needed a fan, and since I'm visiting her (from Chicago) I followed her instruction to go to Fred Meyer to pick one up.

On the way there I passed Ankeny Hardware (all those stacks of metal garbage cans caught my eye) and stopped in. They had an american made (no Chinese crap the person waiting on me said) box fan for a good price.

I wandered around their crowded display floor and ended up meeting Ankeny's owner (wish I could remember his name). He told me he is the third generation owner and has been at Ankeny for 48 years (said he started when he was seven years old and there were no child-labor laws!).

He spent almost 30 minutes with me, walking me through the aisles showing how his store stocks as much made in USA product as possible and hardly any stuff from China. Said the store stocks 35,000+ different items. The prices I saw also seemed very reasonable.

Best part was when he told me he could retire if he wanted to, but that the store donates 10% of their profits to the community and he'd have to stop if he retired. Then he tells me that he never really worried about how much money he made, but keeps working because he really likes his customers and staff and has hardly ever had a bad day in all the years he has been there. And that the less he woried about money, the more money he had to enjoy. I wish he could bottle what keeps him so happy and smiling because I'd sure buy some for myself.

I'm a corporate bigwig in Chicago, make loads of $$$ and don't like my job, but don't want to give up the country club life it allows me.

Maybe I need to buy a nice neighborhood hardware store in Chicago that sells mostly made in USA products and learn the Ankeny Hardware way to happiness.

Thanks Mr Ankeny (I know that's not your name, but I can't remember it) for making my day.
Price Range: $10 - $25
Recommended: Yes
GreshamDave

GreshamDave

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Thanks for the air conditioner...and the beer
Was hot as can be in my Gresham apartment during the end of July heat wave. Tried Home Depot for an air conditoner but they were out. They told me to go to Ankeny Hardware in S.E. Portland. I remembered them from a previous time I needed something, so I headed down there.

There was a line all the way outside the store and around the corner - had to be over 100 people waiting.
After about two hours finally made it in the store and then it was another hour wait to get to the customer service counter. Was a fun wait however. The guy behind the counter (may have been the owner) was joking with customers, handing out candy to little kids and water and soda to evryone else. Even was giving out free bottles of beer so the hour wait went fast.

Anyway, got a large portable air cond for around $4 bills. Wouldn't work when I got home. Called Ankeny Hardware back and the guy who sold it walked me through the installation. Turned out I had put the hose on wrong. Cooled my room down in about 24 hours and I'm lovin it.

Didn't like the long wait, but it sure was worth it. I've used it every day until the cool weather today. Sure glad they had air conditioners when everybody else in town was out.

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Pros: Had air conditioners when everyone else in the city was out
Cons: Was a very long line to buy one
Recommended: Yes
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Nice People by Danielle S. at InsiderPages
Nice people at Ankeny hardware have a lot crammed into a small space. They are right close in SE and the can get you anything from garbage cans to de icer when needed they are a great resource to the neighborhood.

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garden_guy

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Saturday, November 10, 2007
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The most Channellock tools I've ever seen in one place
I needed a special plier made by Channellock (great tools and still made in the USA). I tried Home Depot and they didn't know what I wanted. A neighbor told me to try Ankeny Hardware so I did. They not only had the Channellock piece I needed, but had a huge wall of Channellock tools. When I said I'd never seen so much Channellock, the guy helping me said I should follow him to the storage area behind their counter. There was shelf after shelf of Channellock. He told me they stock over 1,500 Channellock items.

Beware, this place is crammed with stuff so its not for the claustrophobic. Also they don't use a computer but instead have this funky inventory card system. Service can be a little slow, but they spent a lot of time helping me.

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Pros: Can't believe they have so much stuff to sell in a small place
Cons: Service can be a little slow, but they were very helpful.
Recommended: Yes
Business Details on Ankeny Hardware

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Primary Phone: (503) 234-6110