Jan 26, 2014 10:30 PM by Dale Nelson - firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBSTOWN - A local business in the Coastal Bend is running strong for more than 100 years now.
You may not have ever guessed, but Robstown Hardware actually got it's start doing just a little more than hardware business.
KRIS 6 visited this local company to see how they've evolved over the years and what's in store for the next hundred years.
Just behind quite a spread of tractors off Highway 77, you'll find a local jewel that has a simple storefront.
The sign in front says it; Robstown Hardware has been in business for more than 100 years now.
"The store was multi-business, it actually had a funeral home, a hearse service, an ambulance service, a furniture store, a hardware store and a John Deere dealership," explained General Manager Andy Pollard.
Over the years, though, Robstown Hardware evolved from a variety of businesses to a primary focus on John Deere tractors, but they don't just deal in the tractor business.
"We still have some hardware, but we're a full, complete line John Deere dealership, from lawn and garden to toys for kids, clothing, and big cotton pickers, we do it all here," said Pollard.
They have a little bit of something for everyone, from hardware to toys for the kids, even popcorn for your palate.
But the one thing they attribute to their success is community support, that's really a two way street. Robstown Hardware is very involved with their community.
"Field crop demonstrations, the livestock show form shows, 4 H activities, things like that that matter to the agriculture community," Pollard said.
In turn, the agriculture community gives back to them with business and when the local staple turned 100-years-old, the community came out to celebrate. "We had a big wing ding barbeque, we had auction door prizes, we had a band, we had a barbeque, we had casino night," Pollard said.
Of course the plan is to stick around for another 100 years, and Pollard follows a few simple guidelines to do that. "Take care of your people, become involved with your customer, know your customers and try to strive and do the best you can every day," he said.