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A Boulder icon: McGuckin's Hardware owner spends 50 years at same job

12:42 PM, Dec 13, 2010   |    comments
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Dave took it over from his father-in-law, Bill McGuckin in 1960. 

"We have more merchandise on one counter than Bill had in the whole store," Hite said. 

When you walk in, the place is mind-boggling.  Sixty-thousand square feet of space; merchandise from more than 3,000 suppliers, 260 employees, and Dave, who knows every one of their names. Over the years, he has built the business and reputation, by stocking unique items and offering great customer service.

McGuckin's has your usual hardware fare. Nuts, bolts, screws, tools and nails.  But it also has handmade tools - some from this country, some from others. 

Do you need a plane made in England? Dave has it. How about electrical supplies, home and garden items, electronics, kitchen gadgets, humidifiers, toys, you name it.  Dave has it all, and knows where it all is.

Dave's son Barry runs the store now. 

"His dream," Barry said, "was to have a small store in a small town.  It kind of grew on him didn't it?" 

Barry's son Jason also works there. Four generations in a family business. Barry says his dad has been there almost every day for 50 years. He's 80 now. 

Most days he's in his "office," which is actually the trash can aisle.  Dave says it's right by an entrance, so he can meet and greet customers as they come in. He spends so much time there, Dave says when he dies, forget the casket. Just stuff him in one of his trash cans, he'll be fine.

Many people in Colorado and surrounding states know all about McGuckin's hardware. But not that many know about Dave Hight. It's his baby, and you can tell he loves it. 

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