Arlington Hardware expansion continues
August 27, 2008 · Updated 3:49 PM
ARLINGTON Their former parking lot might be a bit of an eyesore now, but the Joneses expect that their Arlington Hardware and Lumber store will be fully rebuilt and expanded by this summer.
Owner Mike Jones and his son, manager Taylor Jones, credited the city of Arlington with easing the permit process and prompting them to refurbish their facility, a rebuilding process that began when Strider Construction agreed to tear up and haul away their parking lots asphalt during the North Olympic Avenue Reconstruction Project roughly six months ago.
Weve been talking about doing this for at least 10 years, Mike Jones said. It really was a bum parking lot. The city did such a nice job with the sidewalk that we were finally inspired to renovate. Weve got the lumberyard and the parking in back now, which really saved our bacon during the street construction.
In some ways, the current construction parallels the citys street work, since Arlington Hardware no longer has an entrance on Olympic Avenue, but Taylor Jones explained this is only a temporary state of affairs.
Our new sidewalk entrance will fold out to be about 20 feet wide, Taylor Jones said. Even when its not open, therell still be doors on either side of it, plus a door to the elevator going up to the second floor.
When construction is complete, the Arlington Hardware building will have 7,000-square-feet on each of its two floors, with much of the ground floor being used to expand both the depth and variety of their product lines, while the upper floor will have space available to rent.
Expect more clothing, like safety socks and boots, Mike Jones said We expect the citys efforts will inspire a lot of property owners on Olympic Avenue to follow suit, and in 18-24 months, the downtown will be revitalized.