San Juan Bautista residents Mike and Vina Statua are working hard to make their new store, Mission Hardware a success.
The venture opened three weeks ago at 507 Third St. You enter the store on Fourth street. It’s behind a former large antiques store.
Mission Hardware is the only hardware store in town. It has been years since such a service was available. For San Juan Bautista residents needing tools, electrical or plumbing supplies it meant driving to Hollister, Gilroy or Salinas.
On those drives, Vina said, the traffic can be heavy. “You have to hit it just right, because it can take one to two hours.”
The building was formerly used as a potato shed and a towing company. The store takes it name from the original Mission Hardware, which closed years ago.
Mission Hardware is the Statua’s second business. They also own and operate Statua Properties Inc. It’s a construction company, specializing in property preservation. As the economy improved, the business slowed down, Mike said, and they decided hardware would be a good venture, while keeping a foot in the door of property preservation.
Having worked in construction most of his life, Mike knew well the kinds of hardware products weekend carpenters and professional contractors would like. Among the tool lines they carry are Irwin, Husky and Milwaukee.
You will find such tools, as screwdrivers, drill bits, hammers, pliers, cordless drills, levels and step ladders And there are plenty of nuts, bolts and screws.
“With him (Mike) being a contractor, he knows the good stuff to bring in,” Vina said.
“The local people are letting us know what inventory they’d like to see,” Mike said.
Besides hardware, the store carries cleaning supplies, school supplies, safety items like pepper spray, snacks and even a few cowboy hats. They are continuing to bring in new products.
“We’ve had quite a few local people come in just to see what’s here …, Mike said. “We want to be one of those businesses (where) if you need something, we’re here,” Mike said.
He said the store hasn’t attracted many contractors yet because its inventory is limited. If contractors are working in San Juan Bautista and need something quickly, Mike is hoping they’ll shop at Mission Hardware.
The Statua’s have two children, a daughter Madison,12, and a son, Myles, 10. Both children like working in the store.
“My daughter likes to run the cash register and my son likes to sweep and vacuum,” Vina said.
The couple want to expand the store in the spring. They’re starting out slowly and trying not to grow too fast, Mike said.
They plan on adding gardening items and some lumber and piping.
Store hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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