At all Cole Hardware locations from 5:00 until closing.
At all Cole Hardware locations from 5:00 until closing.
I’m excited to announce the debut of our latest and greatest entry into the world of e-commerce. Once again, you can shop with us 24 hours a day. Shop now!
Yes, once again. This is our third iteration of online shopping since the beginning of time—at least Internet time. Back in the ’80s, eons before the likes of Google, Facebook, and even Amazon, Cole Hardware was selling on the Internet. That’s right. Do you remember an online portal called Prodigy? Cole Hardware became one of the first of Prodigy’s e-commerce sites in 1984. You probably recall the original America Online format (remember the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie You’ve Got Mail?). Prodigy was conceived years before America Online.
At the time, Prodigy was a joint venture between Sears and IBM. They were seeking retailers for what would be the first online shopping mall. I contacted them and convinced them that Cole Hardware was their best choice for a hardware store in that mall. It was a pretty exciting time, and we did have customers all over the country. But the cost to play became too dear for us, so we closed our site—just a year or two before Prodigy closed theirs!
Years later, we entered the e-commerce fray once again. We had a wildly popular site, but it wasn’t very profitable. We learned numerous lessons this time around. The first and most important was to recognize that our mission is to serve our patrons in San Francisco, not in Akron, Phoenix, or Charlotte. Thus, once more, we shuttered our virtual doors.
Now, we’re back again. Sure, we’ll ship anywhere, but today the focus is local. And certainly “local” is what Cole Hardware is all about. We’ve launched a sophisticated e-commerce platform that allows you to shop anytime, designate a store to pick up your order, or have it shipped to you or anyone else. We worked hard to get a good selection of products for you to choose from: you can search through 70,000 items at this point! Check it out at colehardware.com.
Anytime. Anywhere. Just another little way we try to fulfill our simple mission: “Our commitment to you: Your satisfaction guaranteed. Period.”
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You are cordially invited to become a member of Cole Hardware’s Mobile Coupon Club! Joining couldn’t be easier: just text the word “COLE” to the number 55155 from your smartphone, and you will be instantly rewarded with exclusive and super valuable savings. These days, many people find SMS text messaging to be the most efficient and convenient method for quick communicating— especially here in our tech savvy City by the Bay. So we’re offering mobile coupons via text to meet you on your level and deliver savings in a way that’s more convenient than ever. Now, we love our customers and hope you love us, too, but don’t worry—just because you’re giving us your digits, we’re not going to get all clingy on you! And we will never share or sell your phone number.
When you opt in to the club by texting “COLE,” you will typically receive two texts a month from us. The first text will be your link to three single-use coupons that you redeem directly from your phone. To cash in on the deals, just show our cashier your phone displaying the coupon you wish to redeem. The second text will be to remind you not to miss out when the coupons are about to expire. Of course, if at any time you want to stop receiving texts, text us the word “STOP,” and we’ll take the hint immediately. Go on and text “COLE” to 55155 right now to find out what exclusive deals we are offering our Mobile Coupon Club members this month! You’ve got nothing to lose.
Our customers’ busy schedules and changing demographics, especially at our downtown location, which has seen a surge in residential customers over the last few years, make it more important than ever to offer expanded evening and weekend hours. As a convenience, our stores will now have uniform hours across the board. We’re also open 365 days a year! Holiday hours will vary, but we hope our new daily hours will make shopping with us even more of a pleasure. And don’t forget, you can always shop after hours at www.colehardware.com!
We’re happy to announce that our Hardware Happy Hour is back! Kick off the new year with us while enjoying a glass of our Cutting Edge wine and a few bites of our gourmet chocolate, and take advantage of our $10-off coupon. Stock up on cleaning supplies to get your home clean before Chinese New Year on January 31. (Superstition says it’s bad luck to clean house on New Year’s day.) Or maybe this is the year you want to get organized or tackle that home improvement project you’ve been putting off. We hope to see you at Hardware Happy Hour!
Everything you need for holiday entertaining and gourmet gift giving. Pick up a copy of our Holiday Home Essentials catalog at any of our stores, or view online (Adobe PDF).
Although winters in San Francisco can be mild some years, we generally experience some intense cold spells throughout the season. While many of us will be sporting new coats this winter, our old, gently used coats can be put to good use. During the weekend of December 14–15, all Cole Hardware locations will be collecting coats that will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Vincentian Help Desk program.
The Vincentian Help Desk is a lifeline for those who are low-income or homeless, helping people meet their most basic needs with dignity and respect. Look in your closet and bring us any of your old, warm coats during our weekend drive.
At Cole Hardware, we feel incredibly blessed that after 52 years, we are still a part of this wonderful City. Join us as we celebrate Dave Karp’s purchase of our flagship store—situated in Cole Valley since the 1920s—way back in 1961. We will be celebrating with a 25% Off* Sale all day. And from 5:00 pm to closing, we will be serving our signature Cutting Edge wine and gourmet chocolates. You’ll also receive a free, reusable Cole Hardware shopping bag. Take advantage of this opportunity to pick up those last-minute gifts on your shopping list—or just get started if you’ve procrastinated. Please stop by!
*Discount does not apply to gift cards, postage stamps, Muni passes, Clipper cards, meter cards, special orders, or sale merchandise. Not valid with coupons or other offers. Rewards points do not accumulate.
View the sale flyer (PDF)