O. A. Ritter and his wife opened their shop at 25 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg in 1908. Originally they manufactured and repaired horse-drawn buggies. But due to demand, they quickly added paint, garden seeds and other merchandise. Even then they used a cash register and charges were handwritten. Items such as gasoline, oil and anti-freeze were sold curbside.
In 1929, William Ritter and his high school sweetheart, Suzanne Stoner, began making plans to enlarge the store and expand their merchandise. Around this time several major projects were undertaken. On the west side of the building, a Weis grocery store was demolished and made into a parking lot. The second expansion took place on the east side of the existing store, almost doubling in size.
Jack Ritter began working in the store after school and on weekends in 1950. He did many odd jobs, including painting, repairs and merchandise assembly. After serving in the military, Jack began his full time career at the hardware store.
In February 1972, Jack Winchell started working at Ritters Hardware doing odd jobs.
March 1991 was the beginning of a new era at Ritters Hardware. In conjunction with ServiStar Corporation the store was redesigned. Some improvements included a shopping loop, neon signage and new fixtures.
In 1996 ServiStar Corporation merged with Cotter and Company to create the world’s largest hardware buying cooperative, True Value Company. Ritters Hardware officially became known as Ritters True Value Hardware and began using True Value in all of its advertising and marketing in 2000.
Jack Winchell became more involved and was brought into the business.
The summer of 2000 saw Ritters True Value Hardware enter the information age with their own website, with the first official website sale in January 2001.
In November 2009, work began on Ritters True Value Hardware’s second location in Lemoyne and opened in March 2010.
Jack Ritter and Jack Winchell both recognize the value of service and the goal of all Ritters True Value Hardware employees is to offer their customers a level of service that is second to none!
M-F: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM