By Scott Sullivan
Gerstner Hardware, which will close at the end of this month after 73 years in business, will donate its entire store inventory to Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and the Holland ReStore.
Robert and Vicki Amberg, who have owned the 6988 114th Ave. store for the last 15 years, say the gift will allow Gerstner to continue to help and support the community once the hardware closes.
“This is a great donation,” said Lakeshore executive director Don Wilkinson, “for our ReStore and will help us build more affordable housing in our community.
“This large donation of quality tools will allow us to upgrade our current house building supplies and sell the rest to the community through the ReStore. Profits from the ReStore help Lakeshore build and repair homes for families in Ottawa and Allegan counties.
“We appreciate the service that Gerstner Hardware provided to the Glenn community,” Wilkinson continued, “from the goods and services they sold to providing space for the Glenn Village Post Office.”
Patrice Greene, new owner of the 1800s two-story building with tin ceiling, plans to keep the village post office in the structure, where it has been since 2011, while operating her The Village Bee shop offering furniture, jewelry, home décor, candles, art and more in the remainder of the building starting with a May 23 grand opening.
“We have always taken pride in Gerstner Hardware and the Glenn community,” said Vicki Amberg, noting the business has always made investing in the area a priority.
“Although closing is difficult, we look forward to spending more quality time with our young daughter and remaining active in the Glenn community,” she said.
The Amberg family has set up a fund with Lakeshore Habitat to continue helping area families in need. Simply mention the Gerstner Hardware Fund when donating.
Contributions can be mailed to Lakeshore Habitat, 12727 Riley St., Holland, MI 49424 or online at lakeshorehabitat.org