This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Shopping at Fastenal

Have you ever been in the Fastenal store in College Square? Although it is part of a national chain of stores, it is not very visible and it has virtually no signage. It is not even listed on the larage College Square sign next to the highway.
If you do not know where it is, it is next to the License Branch.
I had wandered in once a long time ago and thought it was just another hardware store. So when I asked about what they did and what market they served, I was surprised to hear that they were primarily a business-to-business operation that would also sell to retail customers. They classified themselves as industrial supply.
I had a hard time finding much that was interesting to photograph. The store does sell some tools, but mostly it has nuts and bolts and other things that qualify as fasteners.
I asked who had been in the space prior to Fastenal, and the clerk said that at one time it had been a dollar store. It took a while for the memory banks to process that information, but eventually I did recall that the dollar store that is currently next to Save-A-Lot had once been at the far end of the strip mall, and it had move up in the world when Walgreens, which had for many years been in the large store near what is now Save-A-Lot, had built its current building. There may have been some other stores that had occupied that space. When I came to Rensselaer in the mid 1970s, this part of the strip mall had not yet been constructed.

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