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The Gardiner Family Tradition of Helpful Service and Honest Value Began in 1955

At the age of 16, Bob Gardiner began working part-time at Cross Hardware in Skowhegan. Even then, he dreamed of owning his own store. After years of learning and experience,  he opened Damariscotta Hardware in 1955 on Main Street, in the old site of Lincoln County Hardware.

Customer service and good work ethics as well as providing a quality product were always of top priority to Bob. A fire in 1960 during a blizzard caused Gardiner to close and build a new store on Upper Main Street in Damariscotta. In time the successful business grew and needed again to expand and move.

A third move in 2001 brought Damariscotta Hardware to a beautiful new building just a bit further up Main Street with plenty of parking and is the home of Damariscotta Hardware today.

All completely handicapped accessible and with expanded departments, today’s customers have access to over 90,000 items. From Equipment Rental to  Heating Stoves and Fuel, the Garden CenterGas and Charcoal GrillsPlumbingElectrical SuppliesPaint and Painting SuppliesKitchenwareCleaning Supplies, Tools and More – We have it all. Please come see this family owned and operated business today for all of your hardware needs.

The Gardiner Family photo outside
The Gardiner Family wishes to remember their brother and son, Mark A Gardiner who passed away on May 13, 2009