Beacon Paint & Hardware was open for 120 years on Amsterdam Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets, then it was closed for about two weeks, and now it’s reopening again. A sign on the door says the “soft reopening” will occur on Monday, March 2.
The new Beacon will be under new management, so don’t expect to see Bruce, Steven and Ellen Stark, the stalwart locals who ran the place for years. Bruce tells us “The landlord, The Brusco Group, has taken over the space and hired some people to run the store. It will be hardware, not paint.” He assumes they’ll have “plumbing, lumber, commercial accounts.” He wasn’t happy about it at first, but realizes “it’s better for the neighborhood than an empty store.”
Reporting by Carol Tannenhauser. Thanks to Katherine, Renee and Bob for the tips.