Mike Bassett is an incurable entrepreneur who loves new projects! A year or so ago, he was confronted with a bit of a stumper. His neighbor to the east, Newport Dry Goods was looking for more space. At the same time, he had heard from a number of his hardware customers via a customer survey that they would like to see a greater variety of products and services provided. So what is an incurable entrepreneur to do? Take the lemon, squeeze it and make lemonade of course.
Last Saturday, they held the official ribbon cutting for the newly expanded Bassett’s Do-it-Best hardware store. Bassett, one of the principal owners of the Knoll Crest Shopping Center, struck a deal with Mike New, owner of Newport Dry Goods, to expand their store from 4,500 square feet to over 8,000 square feet, moving next door to GSE Jewelers. That allowed Bassett to expand his hardware floor space from 10,500 square feet to 15,000.
So, what has this accomplished? One of Bassett’s Do-it-Best customers said it best. “Now we don’t have to go to Sandusky anymore.”
At nearly $4 per gallon for gasoline, that could mean significant savings for Bassett’s customers.
“Our customer survey told us that they wanted more items, so we added them,” said Bassett, whose family has been in business in Ottawa County since 1898.
The expansion has allowed them to add more than 8,000 new items. They now claim the largest inventory of stainless steel items, nuts, bolts, fittings and nails, etc., in northwest Ohio. They have expanded their plumbing inventory and have a wide variety of furnace filters, house wares and seasonal items such as fans and other warm weather helpers.
One of the new services being provided is a special key-making department that includes the technology to make replacement remote entry keys for most cars and truck. They have also worked to expand their ability to take care of the building trades’ side of the business.
Bassett’s parking lot will be the site for Rally for the Kids on Saturday, May 19. The family event will benefit the CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — and Joyful Connections, an agency that provides supervised visitations and supervised exchanges for families in need. The event will be a Sidewalk Sale, and local residents are invited to bring their garage sale items as well as crafts and home party items. One lucky person can win a 3-minute shopping spree at Bassett’s Market.
For information on Rally for the Kids, contact Sheila Powell at 419-366-7420.