Nettleship’s Hardware closing after 97 years

Sadly, Nettleship’s Hardware on Parliament Street is closing today after being run by three generations of the same family since it first opened in 1920.

In Doug Fisher’s May 11 blog post, he reported that “Stephanie and Bert have been clearing away the remaining inventory and getting ready to shut the doors. Bert has a new job nearby at St James Cemetery. Our best wishes go out to them for their future plans. The store has been a Parliament Street fixture for three generations. The late Marg Taggart and her son Don Taggart and his brothers and sister were born and lived there in the adjacent building. There are customers and friends everywhere throughout the neighbourhood. Its closing is a sad note in Cabbagetown’s life.”

The family has suffered two losses in the past few months with the passing of Donny Taggart in April, and Marg Taggart in July 2016.

Our best wishes to the Nettleship’s family.

2 replies on “Nettleship’s Hardware closing after 97 years”

I used to live a few doors down from Nettleships about 20 years ago. I hadn’t been back to my old neighbourhood for a long
time and was looking forward to seeing Don and Marg. I saw a closed sign on the door. That made me feel that I’d lost an old
friend. I googled the store just now and was shocked to find that both Don and Marg had passed away this summer.
I counted them both as family really and feel a terrible loss. They were exceptional people. In the midst of the city it was a corner of small town life where one could sit and talk for hours. I have so many memories…the time I touched up the ageing wooden sign
that hung outside the store, the time Don and I went snow shovelling at night, the time I went to Hughie’s funeral…
I’m truly sorry I lost touch with them. They were the best.

I came across this announcement after exploring the neighbourhood where I spent my early years. Theresa was one of my best friends at school until my family moved. We eventually lost contact. I clearly remember Nettleships. Local, family owned businesses have a very tough time these days.
While sad to see the store closing, it is also great to know that it was there for so many years. All my best to the Taggart family.

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