Longtimer ‘Mott Hardware’ Closes Shop After Decades in Little Italy

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 at 9:28 am by
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Here’s some sad news – another mom-and-pop business down for the count.

Mott Hardware, the utilitarian stalwart at the corner of Kenmare Street, is going out of business. Today is the last day of its lease. The update was announced via computer printout taped to the front door. But by yesterday evening, half the marquee was removed, revealing a taste of its own ghost signage.

“This store will be closed for business on August 31, 2016,” the sign at 52 Kenmare Street reads. “Thank you very much for your past support and patronage.”

Mott Hardware has been serving the Chinatown/Little Italy community for decades, and is apparently beloved by neighbors. Checking out the Yelp reviews can give you a sense.

For instance:

When you think about the gentrification of neighbourhoods and big businesses pushing out the small businesses out of Manhattan, then there’s Mott Hardware. This small hardware store is like a landmark in Chinatown! This place has been around a long time, decades.

The manager is pretty chill and knowledgeable. He’s got everything, and the service is personal and better than any Home Depot, Lowe’s whatever. If you have questions, he has answers.

This doesn’t bode well for the the famous key landmark embedded in the sidewalk, either…

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