Best Hardware Store

McLendon's

Home Depot has great prices, but it's more of a hardwarehouse than a hardware store, and the customer service blows (provided you can actually find an orange vest on the floor). The ideal hardware-store staffer should: a) know more about hardware than the average customer, and b) avoid treating customers who know nothing about hardware like annoying idiots. Where Home Depot falls, McLendon's stands tall. The Washington-bred chain's White Center store may not be big enough to accommodate forklifts, but it has the ideal mix of sweet old ladies at the registers and mustachioed wrench kings in the aisles to make your home-improvement expedition a surefire success. MIKE SEELY Six Western Washington locations, including White Center, 10210 16th Ave. S.W., 762-4090, mclendons.com

 
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