Gordon’s True Value and Gordon’s Fireplace and Patio Center have merged into one building, located at 321 Washington Avenue, across from the Old Hickory Bar-BQ.
The hardware store was located on Booth Avenue for 30 years before moving to Washington Avenue in 2018. The fireplace and patio store had been located on Frederica Street for 25 years, but third-generation owner Scott Gordon said they house both operations in the same building. worked best for the local business.
Scott’s grandfather, Buddy Gordon, developed the idea for the two stores, but died before groundbreaking in 1981. Buddy’s son, Lee, became vice president of the company and established Philpot’s site, Gordon’s Farm and True Value, in August 1982 and ran it for 40 years. years. Scott Gordon primarily manages the Philpot site while David Stone manages the hardware store in Owensboro – and has done so for over 10 years.
“I don’t know how I got this chance,” Gordon said of the employees at both stores. “They really are one-on-one with customers and teach them about the products.”
According to Gordon, the hardware store items include household items, lawn and garden items, a full line of knives and a good assortment of necessities.
“Our inventory has grown by listening to our customers and expanding departments and products trying to give the consumer something different and unique yet useful,” Gordon said. “We are always attentive to the requests of our customers. Of course, we can’t get everything, but try.
The hardware store also offers Bittel Heritage Meats, a local pork business that also spans three generations.
But, Gordon said, the store might be best known for the two “huge” cats that live in the store and that customers come to visit and bring treats.
“Their names are True and Value, but most call them the Single Sisters,” he said.
The fireplace and patio store will sell the same quality products, including Big Green Eggs, gas grills and gas logs, which they are best known for. In the summer, they add more stock to their patio furniture selections.
Gordon said he relied on employees at the Owensboro site to hold him accountable to working towards the same goal and that they were the backbone of the business.
“We’ve lasted on the loyalty of our customers,” Gordon said. “I think our one-on-one style with most people who walk in defines who we are.”
He is also proud of Gordon’s job in hiring teenagers.
“I love that our young people use us as a building block in their lives to move forward,” he said. “Teaching work ethic and pride – it goes a long way.”
Gordon doesn’t plan to leave the local business community anytime soon.
“I see us here as long as we are needed or feel needed,” he said. “It’s stressful but also fun when things go the right way. Covid has definitely taught us to be more flexible and fight supply and demand more tactfully. A lot of people tell me they’re glad we’re here. It means a lot in the end, I want to thank our customers for their loyalty and relationships.
Gordon’s True Value and Fireplace and Patio Center will hold a grand opening at their new location on Black Friday and Small Business Sunday.