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Alta McClellan sets the standard for dedication and commitment in running a successful business. She's a great role model for all of us.

Pete Kremen, Whatcom County. Executive

Hardware Sales is perhaps the most unique store in Bellingham. Under Alta McClellan's supervision, the store has prospered the old-fashioned way: by having all the product anyone could want and providing great customer service.

Mark Asmundson, Former Mayor of Bellingham

Hardware Sales is more than an institution, more than a destination - it's a community treasure. Its long tradition and its success are based in its family business core and the lady at its center.

Mike Brennan, President of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce

When Max and Alta McClellan bought Powder Sales in Bellingham, Washington back in 1962 - a company that sold dynamite to loggers, miners and road builders - the expression "booming business" meant more to them than most folks. The store's name changed in 1971 to Hardware Sales, after the business expanded and moved across the street.

After Max and Alta's passing their son Jerry, daughter LaDonna, and grandson Ty, remain the driving force behind Hardware Sales.



Left to right: LaDonna George, Alta McClellan, Jerry McClellan and Ty McClellan

Every business likes to say they have good customer service, but Hardware Sales can support its claim with surveys and awards ... among them, we've repeatedly received the Best Customer Service Award in an annual Bellingham Business Journal Readers' Choice Awards, plus, we were named 1997 Small Business of the Year by the Whatcom County Business Pulse.
 
Over the years Hardware Sales has worked hard to become one of the Pacific Northwest's premier hardware suppliers. Whether it's plumbing or electrical materials, automotive or garden supplies, house wares or hand trucks, hand or power tools, fasteners or fencing, padlocks or paint, cable or chain - we have them all, and much, much more!  
 
In addition to specializing in commercial and homeowner hardware, we have an Industrial Sales Division that caters to our corporate customers, a Rental Department which offers competitive rates on almost everything we sell, and an Office Furniture Division which carries the largest selection of used office furniture in the Pacific Northwest!

Hardware Sales, Inc. in Bellingham, Washington

 
  This award-winning business now fills several buildings in Bellingham and offers more than 100,000 items for sale to everyone from do-it-yourself homeowners to major contractors. What started in 1962 with three people, now has over 100 employees and covers a total of nearly 60,000 square feet.  

MORE ABOUT ALTA
 
  In March of 2003, Alta McClellan, at age 87, received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whatcom County Business Pulse "for her dedication to making Hardware Sales such an enduring success."

 
Here are a few of the many testimonials Alta received with her Lifetime Achievement Award:

"Alta McClellan sets the standard for dedication and commitment in running a successful business.  She's a great role model for all of us."
Pete Kremen, Whatcom Co. Executive

 

"Hardware Sales is perhaps the most unique store in Bellingham.  Under Alta McClellan's supervision, the store has prospered the old-fashioned way:  by having all the product anyone could want and providing great customer service."
Mark Asmundson, Mayor of Bellingham

 

"Hardware Sales is more than an institution, more than a destination - it's a community treasure.  Its long tradition and its success are based in its family business core and the lady at its center."
Mike Brennan, President of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce 

 

 
On Alta's 90th birthday, February 11, 2006, the occasion was officially proclaimed "Alta McClellan Day" by Bellingham Mayor Mark Asmundson, in recognition of Alta's contribution to the community.  

   
   
 
Alta, at the age of 91, was awarded the Professional Woman of the Year Award for 2007 from the Whatcom Women in Business She was also featured in a November 2007 interview that was published by the Bellingham Business Journal (which you can read by clicking the picture below).