We live in a small town – let’s face it. There is 1 hardware store – Tremont’s. When making the Home Sweet Home flags I noticed the Tremont’s ad and wondered how long they had been around. I have known Dennis Jr for years and I am a big fan of the store (although I do wish they were open later on weekends for us warriors). It is no secret that pretty much any clearance items are my weakness – I can spend hours in the clearance aisle at Walmart (filled with Real Tree phone cases type of things), Staples (I love office supplies a little too much) or hardware stores (I have never found a container of OOPS paint I did not need). Tremont usually has a decent selection of OOPS paint or whatever else is on sale – I will pick up a treat for the mutt, some clear spray paint, bird seed, annuals, and a candy bar (literally, that is what I purchased there this week).
After a little investigation I learned the following (there will be no quiz later) – Tremont’s was started in 1958 by Dennis’s grandfather Kenneth and was called Ken Tremont Lumber (they still sell a lot of lumber) at that point – now it is under the ACE brand. The original business was located on Orient Avenue and was moved to its current location on Rt 43 by Dennis Jr. Mr Tremont served in the Panama Canal and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal. He was honored by the county in 2010 for his service in WWII.
The Tremont name is also well known locally for the racing career of Kenny Tremont Jr. Kenny is a very successful dirt track racer and it is not uncommon to see his large racing trailers around town.