Pleasants Hardware | Richmond’s Top Appliance & Tool Location for Houseware Needs
Much of the current success of Pleasants Hardware can be traced to the hard work and efforts of those who have helped to build this organization.
In 1908, Mr. S.T. Everidge conceived the idea of opening a small hardware store at 1607 West Broad Street. Two years later, Mr. Bill Brown bought the business from Mr. Everidge and called the store Bill Brown Hardware.
In 1915, Mr. Henry A. Pleasants bought the business from Mr. Brown and changed the name once again, this time to H.A. Pleasants Hardware. That same year, 17 year-old James T. Hatcher, Sr. went to work with Mr. Pleasants, beginning his 75-year career with the firm. Previously, Mr. Hatcher had worked briefly for The Evans Hardware Company at 700 East Broad. When Mr. Pleasants retired in 1952, Mr. Hatcher Sr., or “Big Jim” as he was known by his employees, bought the business and added his son, James T Hatcher, Jr., as his business partner. His grandson, James T. Hatcher III, later joined the firm in 1984 and remains active in the business, today serving as the company’s President.
Pleasants Hardware enjoyed rapid growth through the 60’s. The store expanded its size, and the number of employees also grew. The 15 employees found at the store in 1962 had grown to 75 by 1975. That same year, Pleasants moved its original flagship store from Lombardy Street to its current location at 2024 West Broad Street.
After 96 years, Pleasants Hardware remains locally owned and operated.
On the occasion of his 93rd birthday, February 14, 1990, Mr. Hatcher, Sr. announced his retirement after 75 years with Pleasants Hardware. Later that same year, Mr. James T. Hatcher, Jr. also announced his retirement after more than 42 years with the company.
In January 1990, Pleasants Hardware opened its first branch operation, a Commercial and Industrial supply business, in Harrisonburg, Va. The primary focus of the Harrisonburg operation is providing Contract and Industrial supplies to customers in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia.
In April 2000, Pleasants Hardware completed negotiations to purchase Tom Brown Hardware of Richmond, VA. Tom Brown’s three operating units strengthened Pleasants Hardware’s position in the retail segment of the market. Since that time, Pleasants has added three more Richmond locations; one near the RIC airport, one in Chesterfield near the county courthouse and a third at the intersection of Libbie and Patterson in the West End.
After 96 years, Pleasants Hardware remains locally owned and operated. We also remain committed to serving the Richmond market with convenient locations, quality products and expert advice.