Hardware store to open in Ivanhoe

Shad Lipinski opened his small engine shop in 1994, servicing all makes and models of lawnmowers, chainsaws, snowblowers, ATVs and more. Lipinski Snow Removal for both commercial and residential services was added in 1997. Now in 2014, after having numerous requests for hardware items, Lipinski plans to add a hardware store to his family business.

“We’re going to try to carry the common parts and the odd parts and we’ll handle paint and supplies like that,” Lipinski said. “We’ll try to take care of the customers we will serve.”

Lipinski Small Engine & Hardware plans to open late this fall. It won’t be a franchise shop, Lipinski said, but an addition to his family business. Lipinski said that construction on the new building addition will start next week. The new building will give the Lipinskis 4,320 additional square feet. Half will be for the new hardware store, and the other half will provide more shop and storage space.

“There’s been a lot of excitement around town,” Lipinski said. “A lot of people miss the hardware shop.”

It’s been more than 10 years since the old Hardware Hank store closed in Ivanhoe. Since then, residents have had to travel more than 15 miles to Hendricks, Lake Benton or Marshall for tools and parts.

Lipinski’s wife, Reba, will also have a new office in the addition for her side business doing title and registrations for vehicles and boats. Lipinski’s two oldest sons, Matt and Ty, have been helping in the small engine shop and will also be helping in the hardware department.

“It’s just nice to have a hardware store in town,” Lipinski said. “Kind of a void that needed to be filled.”