New Bonner hardware store set to open Friday
The Nuts and Bolts True Value hardware store, 626 S. 130th St., plans to have a soft opening Friday.
The store will be the fifth in the Nuts and Bolts chain, which already has two stores open in Overland Park, one in Independence, Mo., and another in Arlington, Texas. The store will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
The city approved of a Community Improvement District for the hardware store and the adjacent strip mall on the southwest corner of Kansas Avenue and Kansas Highway 7. The district allowed a 1 percent sales tax increase for those buildings and the McDonald's to help fund renovations to the former Cummins Tool space for Nuts and Bolts, the strip mall to the south and the parking lot, as well as develop the empty pad site south of the McDonald's.
The city had several requirements for the district, including that the Nuts and Bolts be open by June 15.
While the store plans to have a grand opening with special activities over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, Brian Richards, president of Nuts and Bolts, said they pushed to open the store in early May to offer all the outdoor and landscaping items usually associated with the spring season.
"The big season starts right now, because the lawn and garden stuff starts getting good," Richards explained.
Richards said customers will notice about a third of the store is dedicated to lawn and garden items.
Customers also will notice the Nuts and Bolts is a much larger store compared to a Westlake Hardware store, offering about twice as many products, Richards said.
In addition to lawn and garden, the store offers housewares, paint, plumbing, electrical, tools and some larger equipment. It will have about 25 part- and full-time employees, Richards said.