POINT PLEASANT — Longtime business owner Jack Lee of Paint Plus Hardware has worked since he was a teenager, and as an adult, he often worked two jobs, but now he’s decided to retire, though Paint Plus will go on.
Many have come to know Lee as the helpful person who sold them a piece to fix their sink or the paint for their new home. Before that, many met him during his employment at the former Kroger store in Gallipolis, Ohio. In fact, for many years, after he clocked out at Kroger, he started another shift at Paint Plus. He will admit this hectic schedule could not have been possible without a short nap and a lot of coffee.
Paint Plus has been owned and operated by Lee for nearly 29 years, having begun in February of 1989 in a building located at 2801 Jackson Avenue. The business relocated to its Burdette Street location in 1995. Though Lee retired from Kroger several years ago, after nearly three decades as the owner of Paint Plus, he’s now ready to retire completely and turn over the keys to new owner, Craig Herdman.
“The grass may be greener elsewhere, but Point Pleasant is home,” said Herdman.
Herdman, a PPHS graduate, returns to Point Pleasant after having lived in Canada and most recently in New Mexico. He takes over the business with extensive experience in the construction and contracting fields.
“Having been a contractor, I have experience with not only many types of projects, I have also used the tools,” Herdman explained. “I understand and can offer suggestions to my customers.”
Being a locally owned small business, the need to provide a wide variety of hardware items is essential. Herdman has plans to expand the stock while maintaining the quality service customers have grown to expect.
As for Lee, it is the end of an era that he said couldn’t have happened without the “tremendous” support of the community and in turn, he hopes his store delivered a level of personal, customer service not found anywhere else. He also attributes the success of the business to the longtime employees and their willingness to provide service to the area.
When it comes to what Lee will do now, he has purchased a tractor and plans to enjoy doing some work on the family farm on Five Mile Road in Henderson. The best part of retirement is “no schedule,” said Lee.
The business can be found on Facebook under the name Paint Plus Hardware.
“Please like us and watch for specials on paint and merchandise. Your continued business is appreciated,” said Herdman.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing. Mary Jane Getty is a freelance writer for OVP.