About James Do it Best Hardware

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James Hardware has been serving our  Olive Hill, KY, community and surrounding area since the fall of 1979. It is currently owned and operated by Tony and Ella Mae James.

Our small business was started by Tony and his father, Gary, who purchased leftover merchandise Tony's grandfather obtained from a Western Auto that had gone out of business. For a short time, we rented that building and became incorporated as J & J Supply, Inc. A couple of years later, we purchased a building across the street which is our current location. We eventually added an upstairs office space along with a 7,500 sq. ft. warehouse. 

In 1994, we purchased the building next to us to expand our selling floor to greatly improve our paint department and add a small engine repair shop. Along the way, we also added convenience lumber and propane fills. In July of 1999, we became part of the Do it Best Corp family. 

In May 2010, our town suffered a devastating flood, leaving our store under 4 feet of water. Although we had just started an exterior remodel, that quickly developed into a complete interior and exterior renovation. Through much hard work, many answered prayers and the Do it Best Retail Plus Program, we were able to completely restock our lost inventory and store fixtures.

We are blessed to have our business in the small town of Olive Hill, KY and it is important for our customers to want to come back. Therefore, we strive to provide the best quality merchandise and the best customer service to everyone who walks through our door. We have 6 full-time employees with 13 - 40 years of experience who want your visit to our store to be a pleasant one.

We have a well stocked inventory of hardware, plumbing, electrical, paint, lawn and garden, power tools and accessories. In 2017, we installed the new Color Bar which highlights our one-stop paint department.  We are the local authorized Stihl dealer for sales and service with a complete line of Stihl power equipment, parts and accessories. Our Case knife selection is one of the best in the region.

We stock Reliance water heaters, septic tanks, pipe, fittings and everything you need to complete that plumbing job.  We have a good selection of convenience lumber and we can also fill your propane tanks. Glass cutting, screen repair and key cutting (including electronic keys) are among the services we offer at James Do it Best Hardware.

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