Looking Back: Case’s Hardware

Rochester Post | Published December 23, 2019


ROCHESTER — When stepping into Case’s Hardware in the early 1900s, customers were met with floor-to-ceiling options for gifts during the holiday season.

Throughout the store, Edison advertisements encouraged customers to consider “electrical gifts” such as the many lamps lining the counters. For almost 70 years, Charles W. Case and family made their hardware store a staple in the Rochester community, selling appliances and radios in addition to hardware.

In 1968, a fire destroyed the building and brought an end to the family business. Hibachi House, on the west side of Main Street, between Third and Fourth streets, is located on the former site of Case’s Hardware.

— The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm