By Miranda Piedra
CONWAY — Father-and-son business partners at JD Tool have announced the expansion of the store into JD Tool Repair Convenience Hardware.
Carl and Joe Thibodeau also say that a demo day at the store in Conway Marketplace will take place at the end of June or beginning of July.
A representative from Diablo Tools will be demoing different uses for the cutting tools that most people wouldn’t think of on their own, Joe Thibodeau said. They will also be giving away a limited number of T-shirts.
The duo hopes the demo day will bring people in to see what the new hardware store has to offer.
The store’s grand opening was Memorial Day weekend.
For those familiar with JD Tool and The Lock Shop, those businesses go back quite a few years.
Carl purchased the tool repair store from Jeff Dicey in December 2014 and relocated to share space with The Lock Shop.
Then nearby Aubuchon Hardware closed, leaving a void the Thibodeaus hope to fill. “The closest hardware store is over in Silver Lake,” said Carl, who also serves on Conway’s board of selectmen.
Now, JD Tool carries Milwaukee, Bostitch, DeWalt, Makita and Diablo tools, in addition to hardware and fasteners. They also carry products like Mrs. Meyers, a line of well-known biodegradable, plant-based cleaning products.
“Our pneumatic nails rep walked out of here with two bottles of it one day,” Joe said, laughing.
According to Carl, “We have the largest display of Diablo cutting tools in this area.”
In addition, “we are a warranty Milwaukee center,” he said. “So if you buy a Milwaukee tool and it breaks, you don’t have to spend a lot of time finding some place to send it and get it fixed because you can bring it right back here.”
Carl, 66, has worked in machining since he was a teenager, and Joe, 29, started working in his father’s machine shop at 11.
“I worked in the machine shop right after I graduated college (Daniel Webster College with a degree in business management), and I bought The Lock Shop,” Joe said.
The store is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m.- noon.
The store also has a propane filling station to fill barbecue bottles, forklift tanks, RVs, trailers, and “any size propane tank that you can get pulled up in front of my filling station,” Joe said.
JD Tool Repair Convenience Hardware is located at 50 White Mountain Highway in Conway, right before the bridge.
For more information, call (603) 452-5523 or visit their Facebook page at jdtoolnh.