Customer Services

The every-growing list of everything we do for you!

ACE® Hardware: Our affiliation with ACE allows us to get quality products quickly and opens doors of the world’s manufacturers, so we can get you what you need. ACE’s buying power enables us to sell to you at the right price, too!

ATM and Credit Cards: We’ll accept your ATM cards for payment. You can get cash back, too. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards.

Balloons: We have free COLE HARDWARE helium balloons for the kids. Helium is available to inflate your party balloons for fifty cents per balloon.

Bridal and Gift Registry: We’ll load your name and list of everything you wish to register in our computer. Your friends and family can then call us to place gift orders. Recipients receive a gift card equal to 10% of the total value of all gifts purchased. E-mail

Business-2-Business: Members of the program receive free delivery, special pricing and personal service. Call our Cole Fox location at 415/777-4400.

Carry-Out Service: We’ll be happy to load your purchases into your car. Just let the cashier know, and we’ll take care of you.

Charge Accounts: For your convenience, we have in-house charge accounts for businesses. Stop by and fill out the sim- ple application, and we’ll open one for you.

Chauffeur Service for Senior Citizens: If you need help getting to our stores and you live in San Francisco, call us to arrange a mutually convenient time to pick you up.

Color Matching: We have terrific paint matching comput- ers. Bring in a swatch of fabric or quarter-size paint chip and the staff can match just about any color.

Cole Hardware Supplies: We have an entire division devoted to servicing the needs of commercial and industrial customers throughout the Bay Area and beyond. We offer charge accounts, on-site account specialists, free delivery, and personal service. Give them a call at 415/647-1800 or e-mail

Community Savings Days: One day a month, we offer a 20% discount to students, seniors, school district employees and active members of the military or veterans. The promo- tion cannot be applied to Rewards accounts and is not valid on gift cards, Muni or special orders.

Coupons: We honor all manufacturers’ coupons. If we carry the product, we’ll honor any other store’s coupons as well. Delivery in San Francisco: Free delivery for Rewards mem- bers with purchase of $25 or more. See store at the time of purchase for scheduling deliveries.

Digital Camera: Have a problem that you can’t describe? We’ll lend you a digital camera to take a photo of the problem so that we can better help you. (Note: Credit card required for camera loan.)


Birthday Discount: Come in on your birthday, show your I.D. and we’ll give you a percent discount amounting to half your age. Must be a Rewards member. Discount is available only on your actual birthday and cannot be applied to sale/ promotional merchandise, power tools, household appli- ances, water heaters, special orders or Muni. Discount applies to purchase for the personal use of recipient only. Maximum discount $100.

Disabled Customer Discount: Sign up for our Rewards pro- gram, show your Medi-Cal card or other proof of disability, and get 10% off all discountable merchandise in our stores.

Senior Citizen Discount (age 65 or older): 10% off all pur- chases of nonsale merchandise.

Student Discount: Show us your student I.D. and receive a 5% immediate discount, plus 5% annual rebate, custom key tag, use of our fax machines and more!

Electrician: Call our Repair Referral Service at 415/753-2653 ext. 3 Monday through Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm and after store hours for emergency referrals 24/7. On weekends and during store hours, dial 415/753-2653 and press 3 for a direct referral.

eLine: The COLE HARDWARE eLine is delivered free, direct to your desktop. The eLine contains information on new products, practical tips and more (or less!). Sign up at
e-mail: Write us at—any time!

Fax Service: Our fax machines are for your personal use. We do charge for our fax service—please ask for rates. Fax num- bers: Cole Street: 415/753-0957, Mission Street: 415/647-6554, Cole Fox: 415/777-4453, Polk Street: 415/674-8917.

Gift Cards: We offer COLE HARDWARE gift cards and ACE Hardware gift cards in almost any denomination.

Glass Cut to Size: Plexi, single and double-strength glass cut while you wait. We can also special order curved, tempered, laminate and obscure glass, as well as mirrors and tabletops.

Hardware Hotline: We publish our newsletter every month of the year. See the online version at www.colehardware. com. It’s homegrown and filled with interesting articles about hardware, our community and, of course, COLE HARDWARE.

Hours of Operation: We’re open every single day of the year including every holiday.

Cole Street: weekdays 7 am–7:30 pm, weekends 8 am–7 pm

Cole Fox: weekdays 8 am–7:30 pm, weekends 9 am–5:30 pm Mission Street: weekdays 7 am–7:30 pm, weekends 8 am–7 pm

Polk Street: weekdays 8 am–8 pm, weekends 9 am–7 pm

Lamps Rewired: We offer rewiring services for table and floor lamps. Contact our stores for information and pricing.

Lifetime Warranty: Your “complete satisfaction” dictates that we offer a lifetime warranty on just about everything we sell.

Locksmith Service and Key Cutting: We cut keys at all our stores including hard-to-find computer chip keys for automobiles. We have an expert locksmith on duty Monday to Friday at our Cole Fox store downtown (415/777-4400). We can also send a locksmith to your home or business 24/7. Call 415/753-2653 ext. 3 Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or after store hours, dial 415/753-2653 and press 3 for a direct referral.

Low Price Guarantee: Just bring in another store’s ad and we will honor the lower price.

Muni: We sell monthly Adult, Youth and Senior Fast Passes, monthly Disabled Stickers, 1-Day, 3-Day and 7-Day Passports and Parking Meter Cards in $20 and $50 denominations. Pipe: We cut and thread galvanized and black pipe, your pipe or ours. (Note: Cole Fox can’t thread.)

Plumbing Service: Call our Repair Referral Service at 415/753-2653 ext. 3 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and after store hours for emergency referrals 24/7. On weekends and during store hours, dial 415/753-2653 and press 3 for a direct referral.

Recycling: Bring your old latex paint (S.F. residents only; liq- uid paint only—put dried paint cans into your own recycle bin, lids off!), used rechargeable batteries (nickel-cadmium), used household batteries (alkaline and regular), copper and brass scrap metal (such as keys, bathroom and plumbing fixtures), cell phones, expired printer cartridges and spent fluorescent bulbs into any of our four stores, and we will send them off to be recycled into new products.

Repair Referral Service: Our alliances with competent, hon- est, quality tradespeople assure you excellent work on your home, property or office. We are a licensed contractor (#708403). Call 415/753-2653 ext. 3 or go to homerepair.

Repotting Service: Pick out the plant and the pot, and our Cole, Mission or Polk Street Nursery staff will repot your plant for free.

Return Policy: We accept returns on just about anything. (Power tools, appliances, etc., may only be returned subject to manufacturer’s warranty. Hand tools exchanged for defec- tive replacement only.)

Rewards Program: Earn an annual 5% dividend on pur- chases and much more. Membership is quick and free. Sign up today!

Room Painting Software: All of our paint departments are equipped with room painting software. Simply bring in your camera’s memory chip, upload your image and choose paint colors to review.

Rug Cleaners Rented: We have steam carpet and uphol- stery cleaners available for rent at each store.

School and Community Assistance Partnership Program: Nonprofit organizations whose mission is to improve the lives of those around us, either directly or through cultural enrichment, can join a special program of discounts and donations. COLE HARDWARE donates 10% of all purchases made by your organization’s community. Go to our COLE HARDWARE Community Partners page for information and a list of partners (page 15). Also, be sure to check out www

Sharpening Service: Knives and scissors sharpened while you wait or same day service at our Cole, Mission and Fox stores (Note: Fox doesn’t sharpen scissors, just knives). Speakers Bureau: Topics range from home repair, to gardening, to security, to small business, marketing and more. If you need a speaker for your organization, call 415/753-2653 ext. 5.

Special Orders: If we don’t have what you need in stock, we’ll do our best to obtain it as quickly
as possible.

Tool Rental: We rent floor sanders, many hand and power tools, and garden tools, too. Contact our stores for availability. (Note: Floor sanders not available at Cole Fox or Polk Street stores.)

UPS Shipping Service: We ship packages all over the country for our Rewards members via United Parcel Service.

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Windows, Doors and Window Screens: Window and screen repairs are available at our Cole Street and Mission Street stores. Contact these stores for information and pricing.

By the way, we sell hardware, too.