History

We've come a long way in the past 60 years. From “Griffin Hardware and Feed” of the early 50’s through the turbulent 60’s and 70’s, past the invasion of the “big boxes” of the 80’s and 90’s and into the new century. We are surviving and in fact prospering even with the “big box” invasion. People see us as an alternative to these large outlets --- stores that offer convenience and helpfulness. The challenges of competition have only served to strengthen our position in the marketplace and refined our individuality. Our affiliation with Ace Hardware has given us the tools and direction to grow beyond even our wildest dreams.

Through the years we’ve come to realize that we don’t just sell hardware - we offer answers to problems. Our stores are so much more than hardware stores -- they’re solution stores. We bust with pride when a customer says, “Gosh, we’re glad you’re here!” or tell us how special our associates are or say how much fun it is to shop in our store. We are so much more than a hardware store.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly be so special on our own -- it takes all our associates to create this special-ness.  Our customers continually praise our team of "helpful" experts who go out of their way to provide that personal service.  That service, in addition to the popcorn and infamous train in the Del Mar store, keeps customers coming back year after year.  

It’s an honor to be here in times of need too. When floods hit Orange County, earthquakes rattled our homes, the lights went out in Southern California or fires devastated San Diego, we were here and ready to help.  How great to be able to supply that frantic mom with an air filter for her asthmatic son or a generator to an apartment complex down the street. We take pride in being a good neighbor. 

We love to walk the floor, see the clean organized aisles, smiling customers and helpful associates. We get inspired traveling to buying shows around the country to find the latest and greatest tools, decor items and seasonal merchandise.  We are thrilled when new products arrive on the floor. We, too, often just can’t do without the neat new gadget or cool tool! 

It is so wonderful to have the third generation of Griffin's actively running the business.  What Harold Griffin started, Bill and Sharon Griffin built, the third generation continues.  And, what fun it is to watch yet the 4th generation already a part of the business - starting with cashiering and receiving and learning the basics from the ground up.  If this were not a dedicated and rewarding endeavor it wouldn’t be attracting yet another generation of Griffins. 

Much has surely changed in the last 60 years but then again much has remained the same. It might be the second and third generations of Griffins’ running the show but the same commitment to help the customer above all else is still our number one job. Each time we solve their problems, make their life a bit easier or more enjoyable we have done our job.