Keith Crady (l) and Dan Drummet have reached a deal for Crady to buy the Prophetstown hardware store.

Hardware Hank Switching Hands

16:09 PM March 12, 2019

The hardware store on Prophetstown's Main Street has been in the Dud Drummet family since 1958.  The store is currently owned and operated by Drummet's sons Dan and Dave, but that will change in April.  After a few years of seeking a buyer without success, the Drummets have reached an agreement to sell the business and building to Keith Crady of Prophetstown.


Crady said that when he heard the store was up for sale, but the Drummets were having no luck finding a serious buyer, he quipped to Dan Drummet that if no one else would buy it and keep it open, he would.  At the time he considered it an off-handed comment, but fate intervened and he is now the proud owner.  Officially Crady takes over on April 15th. 


Crady recently retired and will use the store to " keep me busy."  He will also have his son Adam and daughter-in-law, Nicky helping run the business.


Crady took a trip to the annual United Hardware (Hardware Hank) trade show in January to see if he would be a good fit in the hardware business.  He decided to give it a shot and in February the two parties agreed on a deal and the details are now being finalized. 


Crady said there may be a few changes in the future including additional sales space and perhaps a name change.  



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  • Ed KELL;;EY:

    12 Mar 2019 18:39:00

    Glad the store will stay open

  • Diane Stichter:

    12 Mar 2019 20:42:00

    Congratulations to my cousins! Time for retirement.

  • Armstrong:

    13 Mar 2019 10:32:00

    Good luck

  • Eileen Detra:

    13 Mar 2019 12:31:00

    This is the best Hardware Store around! Will miss the Drummet boys but it is probably time! Congratulations Keith and good luck to you Dan in your retirement! I know you love FL

  • Steve Swanson:

    13 Mar 2019 13:36:00

    Good luck to the Crady’s,, I know they will do well. So happy for the residents of Prophetstown to continue having a great hardware store. Congratulations to Dave and Dan also. You and your families have been a great asset to Prophetstown

  • Darla Corbin:

    13 Mar 2019 18:34:00

    Congratulations Keith and Family!!!! So happy to keep our hometown hardware store open. Thank you to Dave and Dan for all of your years on Mainstreet.

  • Bob Mattson:

    14 Mar 2019 08:57:00

    Best wishes for a happy healthy retirement Dan Drummet !

  • Lori Temple Lacy:

    15 Mar 2019 00:10:00

    Hope Dan and Dave enjoy their retirement! I’m sure they will, and good luck to the new owner!

  • Diane Stichter:

    15 Mar 2019 12:30:00

    You will certainly be missed. It’s hard to find that personal touch and knowledge these days! You two had that and more.
    I am glad it will stay open, however. Good luck to the new owners.

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