A Family owned and operated company, bringing you the best customer service and years of experience.
In the spring of 2001, in our small town of Greene,
Maine, the Albert family was living the life of many;
working, saving for retirement, paying down bills and
having an occasional night out.
We are a family of four, parents Mike and Ellen Albert
and our two grown sons, Brady and Matt. Although our
sons had long since moved into their own homes, we
were a close family that still were frequently in contact.
Lately the family conversation revolved around the
empty building of the former hardware store centered in
our town in a prime location on Route 202.
What if and what do you think were the beginnings of
those many times when we were just coming around to
the possibility of starting the business up again. We all
agreed the town needed it and we all felt that between
our collective experiences, we could make it work.
And so began the endless research, bank meetings and
plans for the future hardware store. It took several
months and meetings but we got it done, opened the
door and put that old building back in business with its
new name of A & A Hardware.
That journey started 15 years ago and since that time we
have learned much about running a business in these
One of the unique ways we broadened our customer
base was with the addition of live lobster tanks in our
small addition. That move increased our sales and
earned us the slogan of “Not your ordinary hardware
store”! During the warm months, that involves many
trips to the ocean on a weekly basis to pick up our stock
which sometimes involves live clams as well.
Our customer base has expanded well past the borders
of the town of Greene to many of the surrounding towns
as well as the visiting summer people who come back to
see us each year.
We also contribute to school programs and support
charitable functions when our local families are in need.
It was a good family decision to make and we hope to be
in business for many years to come.