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Outlook 2013: Smaller hardware stores use service to compete

Jim and Bob Venezio of Park Building Supply in Rotterdam.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Jim and Bob Venezio of Park Building Supply in Rotterdam.
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How do small, locally owned hardware stores in the Capital Region stay in business despite the onslaught of big box stores? Park Building Supplies Inc. on Kings Road in Schenectady does it by offering customers faster, better service, especially when it comes to doors. Bob Venezio, who owns the landmark store with his brother Jim, said the business stocks an extensive inventory of doors and windows and offers custom installation. “If you order out of ...


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