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News - April 5, 2013

Downtown Pleasanton to have a hardware store again.

Workbench Hardware to open its 4th store in former Domus building in August

by Jeb Bing

Fred Nichandros, who owns Workbench Hardware in Valley Plaza at Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue, signed a long-term lease Monday to take over the 11,000-square-foot former Domus kitchen and home accessories store at 652 Main St.

To be called Workbench Main Street, the new store, which will open in early August, will be Nichandros' fourth hardware store, the other two located in Castro Valley and Patterson.

Nichandros said the downtown store will sell the usual assortment of hardware merchandise, from small nails to electric drills.

"But with more space, we'll also offer barbecue grills, lawn furniture, more paint and decorating supplies and much more," he said.

He's also been in touch with Margaret Smith, who owned and operated Domus until last Christmas, and he plans to stock many of the housewares and cookware that attracted shoppers to her store from throughout the Tri-Valley. Smith retired after the holidays and the Domus store has been empty ever since.

Workbench has 35 employees in its three stores and will add at least 10 more when the Main Street store opens. Nichandros said the building owner will put a sprinkler system in the building, which will take about 60 days, and then it will take another six weeks to have new fixtures installed.

Nichandros' father John started Workbench in Dublin in 1969 to provide supplies for his contracting business. He then switched to a career as a hardware store owner, moving the Dublin business to the Valley Plaza site in 1970. He still helps operate the store in Castro Valley.

Fred Nichandros said he grew up with hardware store blood in his veins, but tried his hand at computer programming in the early 1980s before joining his father's business full-time in 1985. He and his wife Anne live in Castro Valley and have a son, Eric, who is a junior at Castro Valley High School.

Nichandros said the Main Street store will stay open later than the one at Valley Plaza, at least until 8 p.m., and will be open seven days a week.


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Posted by Fred Nichandros
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Like us on facebook at to give us suggestions and to track our progress leading up to the August opening.

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Posted by downtown shopper
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Fred -- I had heard the rumor several months ago and cannot tell you how THRILLED I am to have you downtown! I already do all of my hardware store shopping at your store and now I will be able to walk there. Faster, faster, we need you!

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

What great news! We have been very concerned that the Pleasanton downtown was slowly losing business, as many storefronts and lots were empty. We definitely will support the downtown hardware.
Thanks Fred, for taking the “plunge".

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Really good news! Thanks, Fred. I look forward to shopping at your newest location. Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Great Business
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

Have been a long-time customer at the store at Valley/Santa Rita. Like knowing I don't need a GPS or map to find a few items I need. The employees all treat the store like an owner would so Fred should be proud he has hired good people.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

Best hardware store around, hands down. Thank you for helping keep our downtown moving. I will be sure to visit anytime I need anything.

Congratulation and all the best in your new location.

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Posted by Seymour Butts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

Fantastic. What a great addition to downtown, and what a great business going into the old Domus site. Also great that they are going to be carrying some of the goods carried by Domus. Its also nice to see something besides a restaurant or a bank going into downtown.

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Posted by Joe Crosslin
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

Good Luck to Fred with the new store.