100-Year-Old Mohler’s True Value Hosts Grand Re-Opening Event Friday, Saturday

The 100-year-old hardware, woodshop and lumber store invites the community inside to view the new look and win prizes

For 100 years, has served the North Canton community by providing building materials from its locally owned and operated lumber yard on Portage Street.

The business has evolved over time, and today, Mohler’s True Value stands as a recently renovated, one-stop shop for all its customers’ lumber, wood shop and hardware needs.

“We were in need of a face-lift and are happy to be rejuvenated and staying right here on Portage Street in North Canton,” Mohler’s General Manager John Robinson said.

The store was remodeled and restocked to appeal to a larger demographic of shoppers, including younger generations and the female population. The revamping began in November and was completed in the middle of March, he said.

Like many businesses locally and nationwide, Mohler’s has felt the effects of a sluggish economy, Robinson said. However, a grant from True Value and money put up by the present owners funded improvements to make the store more user-friendly.

“We have added all new merchandise, including products that appeal to women, such as rugs and candles,” he said. “We have gone from serving builders to serving homeowners, also.”

Mohler’s now offers shoppers a large lawn and garden section, including an array of gas grills and expanded paint, plumbing and electrical sections. The outside of the business was also redone and a new sign was installed.

The community can see the store’s new look firsthand during Mohler’s grand re-opening event from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

During the two-day event, Robinson said the business will serve hot dogs and popcorn, numerous items will be on sale, and customers will have the chance to register to win special prizes. Those include a gas grill, a seven-piece patio set, gas pressure washer, weed eater,  gas line trimmer and self-propelled mower.

He said each customer can purchase a 5-gallon bucket for $1 Friday and Saturday and get 25 percent off all the regular-priced items he or she can fit inside it. In addition, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place during the event, with Andrew and Allison Leed, the great-great-grandchildren of the original owners, using the shears.

In 1911, brothers John and Myron Mohler began the Mohler Lumber Company at 4214 Portage St., where some of the original buildings still stand.

Robinson said the current Mohler family is dedicated to offering the community the superior service and quality products it has become accustomed to for many more decades to come.

Mohler's also offers window and screen repair, computer paint matching, chainsaw sharpening, blade sharpening, delivery, lock re-keying and pipe cutting and threading are the services.

In its effort to appeal even more to today’s consumers, Mohler’s has extended hours. The business now is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Robinson said Mohler’s also will host a 100-year celebration, which is being planned for this summer.


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