Curry Ace Hardware is a family owned retail business that has been supporting its local community for over 60 years. Currently on its third generation, Curry Hardware is still going strong.
Curry’s story began in 1945 when Paul A. Curry and his wife Grace opened classic hardware store stocking housewares, sporting goods, paint and tools. The store burnt to the ground in the early 60’s and the current Quincy store property was purchased from the Hartford Railroad in 1963 and built in 1964. Paul’s nine sons and daughters all played a part in the business growing up. According to one of his sons, Paul started the business with five or six thousand dollars, a couple of screwdrivers, and a handful of hammers.
Not having much of business background, Paul simply just loved people and being around them. For almost 30 years, Paul worked at the store 6 days a week and every Sunday did the bookkeeping at home, on the dinner table. He loved the interchange with his customers. Learning as he went, Paul formed the special personality of Curry Hardware that is now widely known throughout the South Shore.
In 1975 Paul’s wife Grace took ill and he sold the business to his son Bob. Bob expanded the store (more than once) and opened the second location in 1986. Bob and his son, Sean, currently own the business together and are looking forward to their continued expansion in the South Shore with their most recent opening in Hanover.
Curry Hardware continues to embrace their differences from the megastores by maintaining the kind of everybody-knows-your-name environment that has long been the reputation of local hardware stores. Sean and his wife Tara hope to see the business grow and be taken over by a fourth generation. They have a son and two daughters who love to help and join their parents every chance they get.