Downtown St. Johns set to welcome Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Offering lumber, hardware, power tools and more, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is coming to downtown St. Johns.

The Minnesota-based retail store plans to take over the 10,800 square foot space vacated by Pier 1 at 4643 River City Drive, Suite 101, according to a building permit issued by the city on Tuesday.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware began in 1954 when Norton Rockler started the Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in north Minneapolis, according to the company’s website.

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It was a small mail order business that has since grown to 37 locations – not including affiliate stores – with the upcoming Jacksonville being the final feather in the company’s cap. In Florida, Rockler operates stores in Altamonte Springs and Brandon.

The store will feature a lumber outlet, top brands of power tools, classes and more.

Throughout the company’s history, Rockler has been family-owned, the website states, and is “committed to the future of woodworking, DIY, and the natural resources that make woodworking possible”.

Rockler noted that it provides “green” products to promote recycling and support sustainable forest growth through the Hardwood Forestry Fund, and the company was named the 2014 recipient of the Forestry Fund’s Gifford Pinchot Award in recognition of the efforts. deployed to plant hardwoods in America.

Pier 1, which had been one of the original downtown tenants, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic after the home decor chain filed for bankruptcy in spring 2020 and closed all of its stores.

In addition to the downtown location, Pier 1 closed stores at 950 Marsh Landing Parkway in Jacksonville Beach and 9625 Crosshill Blvd. in downtown Oakleaf. In 2010, the company closed a store at 9047 Southside Blvd.

The channel still works on pier1.com for online orders.

Luz W. German