New WSB sponsor, family-owned Junction True Value, turns 60!

(8/14 note: To check whether a business is still a current WSB sponsor, please go here)

(Junction True Value owner Bruce Davis and, showing off 60th-anniversary T-shirt at right, 4th-generation family member working at the store, daughter Ahna Davis)
How does an independent, family-owned hardware store last for 60 years?

“A great location and great customers” are a big part of the answer, according to Bruce Davis, owner of Junction True Value, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a big sale all this week, culminating in a celebration to which you’re invited this weekend.

(We’re also pleased to welcome Junction True Value as a new WSB sponsor in honor of the occasion!)

Bruce Davis is the third generation of Junction True Value ownership. His grandfather Henry Bergquist bought the store in 1953, and sold it to Davis’s parents, John and Norma Davis. “He didn’t want to get into the business as much as he wanted to give his daughter and son-in-law something to grow into,” Davis says.

Junction True Value hasn’t always been at its current 44th/Edmunds site. It had two locations on California SW, first where Elliott Bay Brewing is now (which had been a hardware store even before that, as revealed in this WSB story), and then, around the time of the 1962 World’s Fair, moved to where Northwest Art and Frame is now. Davis remembers helping move the store across the street with a hand truck when he was 10 years old; he said he was already helping out at the store back then, with tasks such as inventory. The store was there until its current building was built in 1976, about two years after Davis first started working there fulltime. He says he’s been in charge since his dad had a stroke in 1983, but his parents remained owners “until they both passed on – with a lot of veto power.”

The name has changed from its original Junction Hardware; Davis’s parents originally joined a co-op called Hometown Hardware, bought by True Value in 1969. True Value also is a cooperative, Davis explains – “a really great system for smaller stores, (with) buying power and marketing power.” The store Rewards Program will save you money, too.

Funny thing about hardware stores – Davis says they’ve had their naysayers for a long time, with people insisting first they’d be taken out by discounters, then big-box stores, “each time, they said we’re going to be toast – but we’ve kept growing, still growing and thriving, doing better than ever – doing very well.” In no small part, certainly, because Junction True Value has kept evolving; if you think a hardware store is low-tech, consider that the store has had a computer system for 30 years! Davis analyzes store data to find out what’s gaining popularity and what’s not so popular (gardening, paints, and housewares are hot, for example) – although the human touch will never go out of style, from his late mom’s ideas for the gift department, to current staffers who “are very creative in their decorating and merchandising. It’s fun!”

He also enjoys working with the people who walk through the door each day, to shop and spend and visit: “Our customers love us and we love them. We do our best not to disappoint them.”

And so, you, Junction True Value‘s beloved customer, are invited to join the anniversary celebration. All week long, a sale is under way, including daily merchandise and gift-card drawings. Then on Saturday, the actual 60th anniversary of the store’s August 10th, 1953, opening, the party gets BIG – as also detailed on the store’s website – hourly drawings, free face painting, free balloons, free popcorn – and from 10 am-3 pm, hot dogs and pop at ’60s prices with the West Seattle Lions Club helping out! (Sunday, the drawings will continue, along with free popcorn and free balloons.)

As Bruce Davis says: “It’s really just appreciation of the customers – we want to say thanks.”

Junction True Value is at 4747 44th SW, 206-932-0450, online at junctiontruevalue.com, and on Facebook here. (Also check out the money-saving coupon on the WSB Coupons page!)

21 Replies to "New WSB sponsor, family-owned Junction True Value, turns 60!"

  • blueemerald August 8, 2013 (3:46 pm)

    Congratulations Junction True Value!
    Junction True Value epitomizes the best of a small community, family-owned business. The customer service is genuinely friendly, positive and helpful. I actually feel appreciated whenever I shop there and happily patronize them often. One of the stand-out things I enjoy about the West Seattle experience is Junction True Value.
    Very best wishes for many more years of success!

  • miws August 8, 2013 (4:15 pm)

    Congrats, and Happy 60th, Junction True Value!

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    Mike

  • G August 8, 2013 (4:48 pm)

    You guys have stuck it out, got to hand it to you.

  • sc August 8, 2013 (5:19 pm)

    I love to shop there! They have the most unusual items for gifts, especially at Christmas. I have never gone there when I did not find what I needed, from a tiny light bulb to a pull chain for lights in my 1931 house. Here’s to another 60 years!

  • Mr Teach August 8, 2013 (5:26 pm)

    My favorite place for everything from wooden spoons to duct tape…congrats!

  • Josh August 8, 2013 (5:54 pm)

    Congrats to Bruce and all of the staff @ Junction True Value! Great service, caring people, community supporters – a recipe for long term success. I enjoy shopping there and look forward to many more decades!

  • Tim August 8, 2013 (6:13 pm)

    I hope they are always there. I point out the store on my tour of West Seattle for out of town guests. Keep up the great customer service!

  • JoAnne August 8, 2013 (6:19 pm)

    <3 Junction True Value!!

  • West Seattle Hipster August 8, 2013 (6:37 pm)

    Congratulations on 60 years of serving West Seattle.

  • LS August 8, 2013 (8:13 pm)

    Congrats Junction True Value! You can always find a friendly team member to answer your questions, and the staff really understands the special needs of old West Seattle houses.

  • tt August 8, 2013 (8:19 pm)

    LOVE this store, and try to buy as much as possible locally. Congrats on 60 years!

  • Last53BusRider August 8, 2013 (8:39 pm)

    We are indeed lucky to have a real hardware store at the Junction. You never know when you might need it. One winter evening when it had been snowing for hours, I knew I was not going to have an easy time walking down the steep parts of my route home to Beach Drive. So I stopped in at True Value to get a couple of lengths of chain to wrap around my boots – and was able to enjoy the walk safely. Where else would you be able to buy chain in a hurry?
    This is one business I really would miss.

  • Salamander August 8, 2013 (9:12 pm)

    Love True Value!!

  • fiz August 8, 2013 (10:45 pm)

    When our son was just a few days old his beaming grandpa took him to Junction Hardware to meet John and Norma. That’s how special they were to our family and all of West Seattle• That baby is now 45 years old.

    Sixty more!

  • Ollie August 8, 2013 (11:41 pm)

    I, too, luv True Value. Can’t remember when I’ve gone in there and didn’t find what I was looking for…..great service!

  • Cowpie August 9, 2013 (7:51 am)

    I love this store and the people that work there! Great place and friendly workers.

  • Jetcitygirl August 9, 2013 (8:46 am)

    I love you Junction True Value and am a big supporter of buying local- I always go to your store to buy one item and leave having bought many more. Your employees are wonderful and I always get the best service!

  • brf August 9, 2013 (9:03 am)

    One of the great joys of doing my own home repairs is going to Junction True Value and finding what I need. I’m constantly amazed that they can cram so much good stuff in such a small store. NOT having to drive to a big box store is sooooo awesome. Thank you for being there!

  • JVP August 9, 2013 (10:39 am)

    I really do love this store! The people are always friendly, and there’s some real experts there. I can walk there, and I rarely have to step foot in Home Despot any more. Such a valuable part of our community.

  • CMT August 9, 2013 (11:36 am)

    Love this store and did you know it has a knife sharpening service?! Such an awesome gem.

  • alkisun August 13, 2013 (5:54 am)

    Love your store. Congrats on your ability to ignite your employees to the fact that the customer writes the paycheck,,,,,not the owner.

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