Center Hardware is Moving!

Center Hardware & Supply Co. Relocates to 3003 Third Street; Grand Opening Celebration on January 27 Honors Store’s 135 Years in Business

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21, 2016 — After nearly thirty years at its current location, Center Hardware & Supply Co., one of San Francisco’s oldest family owned hardware stores, will move to a new building in the Dogpatch neighborhood that offers more parking, more space, an expanded inventory, and easy access to the freeways. The store will celebrate with a grand opening to the public and ribbon cutting on Friday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. The celebration will last all day with food trucks, discounts, vendor demonstrations and product giveaways.

An independent, family-owned business, Keith Gentner and his daughter, Jamie, have run and operated Center Hardware since 1980 after Keith merged Ocean View Hardware into Center Hardware. Keith and Jamie are committed to continuing Center Hardware’s esteemed reputation and extensive product lines that have served the Bay Area since 1880. With the help of its unparalleled employees, Center Hardware now operates daily with more than 60,000 unique items and specialized concierge-level service.

“We like to say we are woven into the fabric of this city,” said Jamie Gentner. “Whether you are a home owner who needs a single light bulb or a city contractor who needs bulbs for the entire Bay Bridge, we can supply what you need and our sales staff will treat you like a king. Our new location will make it even easier to shop with us and we have expanded our inventory to offer our wide-range of customers even more products that are available immediately.”

The new store will be the only Milwaukee tool destination store in San Francisco, offering a full line of Milwaukee tools, customized displays and special products. It will also be the only certified full line dealer (CFLD) in San Francisco for Stabila. The store expanded its selection of paints, including popular brands such as Valspar and has added paint mixing services. Store employees pride themselves on taking time with each customer no matter how large or small and being able to supply hard-to-find items from its deep and diverse inventory and source things for special orders.

In the new 20,000 square foot retail location, Center Hardware carries thirty percent more products in-stock and ready to purchase. The new location has a larger parking lot (40 cars) and easy access to the I-280 and 101 freeways.

Center Hardware offers free delivery in the Bay Area on orders over $75 and is a certified local business enterprise (LBE) with the City of San Francisco. Newly relocated at 3003 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107, the store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers can call 415-861-1800, check out their website or follow them on Facebook at and Instagram at

Center Hardware History:
With several owners, name changes and relocations throughout its 135 years in business, the store has supplied many of the tools that built San Francisco.

Center Hardware opened in 1880 as PA Smith Hardware & Glass on the corner of 4th and Brannan streets. When the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the shop, the owner Peter Smith moved PA Smith Hardware to a ramshackle building on Bluxome Street. PA Smith Hardware & Glass stayed in business on Bluxome Street until the 4th and Brannan store was rebuilt. In the 1930s the shop was sold to Heinz Zolbach and the store name was changed to Center Hardware. Zolbach operated Center Hardware until the Blanz family bought the store in the 1970s.

When Ernie Gentner returned from WWII in the 1940s he took over the operation of Ocean View Hardware from his uncle in San Francisco’s Ocean View neighborhood. Ernie and his son, Keith Gentner, turned Ocean View Hardware into a robust neighborhood business complete with tool rentals and other services.

In 1980, Keith Gentner bought into Center Hardware. Ocean View Hardware was no more, but business at Center Hardware was booming. Within a few years, Gentner expanded Center Hardware’s business and inventory to the point that the little store on 4th Street was bursting at the seams. In 1987, Center Hardware moved to Mariposa Street and the merchandise grew to 20,000 square feet.

Now in its next historic move, Center Hardware has opened its doors in the Dogpatch neighborhood at 3003 Third Street.

About Center Hardware:
Center Hardware specializes in commercial and industrial tools and materials. With decades of experience working with San Francisco City departments, building engineers, hotels, airports and contractors, Center Hardware provides exceptional customer service at the best price. As a full-service hardware store, we are not limited by specialty or manufacturer. Our extensive inventory includes plumbing, electrical, tools, hardware, fasteners, paint and sundries giving you the ability to consolidate vendors. We have more than 60,000 stocking units and immediate availability of an additional 120,000 items in 48 hours.

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