Store Tour: Cole's Home Solutions

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Cole’s Home Solutions opened last year in Millington, Tenn. At about 80,000 sq. ft., including a drive-through lumberyard, it’s designed to change customers’ ideas of what a hardware store can be.

Charles Cole, president, accepted the Golden Hammer Tools of the Trade Award during the National Hardware Show in May. Several Cole family members work at the store, including Christy Cole, right.

One of the innovative features of the store is a garage workshop. Michael Marchitello provides hands-on help for customers’ projects.

The faucet displays are equipped with running water.

Regina Warr helps run the paint department.

From the street, Cole’s Home Solutions presents an attractive collection of architectural styles.

The drive-through lumberyard allows the customer to load his own truck or receive some help from the staff.

The Sawmill Café is named after the sawmill from which the family’s retail business grew.