Inland Hardware, Inc. had its official grand opening on Aug. 17 at its 29,000-square-feet facility within the Liberty Industrial Complex in southwest Turlock.
The new business springs from the ashes of Inland Wholesale Hardware, which closed its doors in 2020 during the pandemic.
The business, owned and operated by Hemanta Agarwala, will have seven full-time employees dedicated to the IHI facility. Argawala’s HPKA Inc. is the parent company for not only Inland Hardware, but also Alpha, Poultry & Livestock Equipment, Inc. and Irrigation Solutions, Inc., all based in Turlock
Store manager Daniel Greener, a Turlock native, points out that this isn’t the type of hardware store where you go to purchase a level and a hammer for a home do-it-yourself project.
“This is not an Ace Hardware store,” said Greener, who worked at Inland Wholesale Hardware before moving on to Strand Ag Supplies in Ceres, for 10 and a half years, and then Alpha Poultry & Livestock Equipment. “We’re a wholesaler, though some of our clients are small Ace Hardware and True Value stores. We service resellers and licensed contractors who are looking to go somewhere besides the big box stores.”
During the grand opening celebration, Inland Hardware had 17 different vendors on site to display their products, and treated their guests to a taco truck lunch.
Turlock vice mayor Pam Franco was on hand for the official ribbon cutting.
“What a great thing for Turlock,” said Franco, who toured the facility with Gina Petros-Blom, executive director of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce. “Being from the general contractor world, their tools are fantastic. Contractors, and specialty subs, your plumbers and electricians, will find a lot of things there that they’d normally have to order outside the area. I was very impressed.”