Amy Gagnon of Dracut, manager of AG Hardware Supply in Lowell, chats with customer Gabby Davis, center, also of Dracut, and Devron Wilkinson. AG Hardware
Amy Gagnon of Dracut, manager of AG Hardware Supply in Lowell, chats with customer Gabby Davis, center, also of Dracut, and Devron Wilkinson. AG Hardware turns 65 this year, (Julia Malakie / Valley Dispatch)

As a child, Amy Gagnon idolized her paternal grandfather, Andre P. Gagnon.

"I thought he was God," she recalled.

She wanted to be just like him.

Amy loved visiting him at his business, AG Hardware, where she was doted on by just about everyone. She enjoyed climbing on the tractors lined by the entrance. Her summers were spent at the family-run hardware store and her first job was there, taking out trash and cleaning shelves at age 10. She was later promoted to cashier.

That was decades ago. Amy, a Dracut resident, is now the store's manager. And AG Hardware has turned 65 on Monday.

"It's pretty amazing. Third generation that's running it and we're still thriving," Amy said last Wednesday from her office overlooking the main showroom. "Sixty-five years is a long time and I've been alive for 42 of them."

From left, Shawn Kelley of Dracut, Cross McCauley of Dracut, Crystal Gagnon of Dracut, and assistant manager Wayne Graham of Lowell.
From left, Shawn Kelley of Dracut, Cross McCauley of Dracut, Crystal Gagnon of Dracut, and assistant manager Wayne Graham of Lowell. (Julia Malakie / Lowell Sun)

Located at 776 Lakeview Ave. in Lowell, AG Hardware officially opened on April 22, 1954. Long after building his empire, Andre died in 2010 andreat age 87.

"I feel like people come here because there's a history of good customer service. That's really what it's about," Amy said. "When they (customers) come in the door, they want to be known."

On this Wednesday afternoon, customers trickled in and out of the hardware store with a purpose. They walked past the weed trimmers and dial thermometers, each looking for items needed for different jobs.

Paul Hedderson, of Lowell, stood in Aisle 6. He peered up at rows of sandpaper for a home renovation project he was working on. He said he's been coming to AG Hardware for about five years now and has grown close to the employees.


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"The prices are really good," said Hedderson, 33. "Everything is well organized. It's clean. Most of what I need is here."

Frank King and Chris DaRosa, who both work for DeRosa Properties of Lowell, are here practically every day. Sometimes twice in one day.

DaRosa, a 40-year-old carpenter and Lowell resident, said they've come here in search of faucets, wax seals, toilets, paints.

"It's conveniently located and every time we come in, they walk us right through," said King, 47. "We like to keep things local. They've gone out of their way."

Shawn Kelley, who was just promoted to co-assistant manager, said it's nice to see the community still support Gagnon Hardware. His great-grandfather, who owned Gagnon Hardware in Lowell, was Andre's brother.

"We're our family's legacy. We're still doing what they did in the early 1900s," Amy said. "We're still doing the same thing, and that's pretty cool."

Contact the reporter @AmarisCastillo on Twitter. Her email address is acastillo@lowellsun.com.

As a child, Amy Gagnon idolized her paternal grandfather, Andre P. Gagnon.

"I thought he was God," she recalled.

She wanted to be just like him.

Amy loved visiting him at his business, AG Hardware, where she was doted on by just about everyone. She enjoyed climbing on the tractors lined by the entrance. Her summers were spent at the family-run hardware store and her first job was there, taking out trash and cleaning shelves at age 10. She was later promoted to cashier.

That was decades ago. Amy, a Dracut resident, is now the store's manager. And AG Hardware has turned 65 on Monday.

"It's pretty amazing. Third generation that's running it and we're still thriving," Amy said last Wednesday from her office overlooking the main showroom. "Sixty-five years is a long time and I've been alive for 42 of them."

Located at 776 Lakeview Ave. in Lowell, AG Hardware officially opened on April 22, 1954. Long after building his empire, Andre died in 2010 andreat age 87.

"I feel like people come here because there's a history of good customer service. That's really what it's about," Amy said. "When they (customers) come in the door, they want to be known."

On this Wednesday afternoon, customers trickled in and out of the hardware store with a purpose. They walked past the weed trimmers and dial thermometers, each looking for items needed for different jobs.

Paul Hedderson, of Lowell, stood in Aisle 6. He peered up at rows of sandpaper for a home renovation project he was working on. He said he's been coming to AG Hardware for about five years now and has grown close to the employees.

"The prices are really good," said Hedderson, 33. "Everything is well organized. It's clean. Most of what I need is here."

Frank King and Chris DaRosa, who both work for DeRosa Properties of Lowell, are here practically every day. Sometimes twice in one day.

DaRosa, a 40-year-old carpenter and Lowell resident, said they've come here in search of faucets, wax seals, toilets, paints.

"It's conveniently located and every time we come in, they walk us right through," said King, 47. "We like to keep things local. They've gone out of their way."

Shawn Kelley, who was just promoted to co-assistant manager, said it's nice to see the community still support Gagnon Hardware. His great-grandfather, who owned Gagnon Hardware in Lowell, was Andre's brother.

"We're our family's legacy. We're still doing what they did in the early 1900s," Amy said. "We're still doing the same thing, and that's pretty cool."

Contact the reporter @AmarisCastillo on Twitter. astillo@lowellsun.com.