Oh gosh, an OSH store may be returning to Redwood City

OSH in Redwood City near Costco. Google photo.

By the Daily Post staff

OSH may be returning to Redwood City, albeit with a slightly different name.

Trade publication Merchant Magazine reported over the weekend that Outdoor Supply Hardware, owned by Tennessee-based Central Network Retail Group, is eyeing the former Orchard Supply Hardware space at 2110 Middlefield Road, across the parking lot from Costco.

Merchant Magazine reports that the company signed leases for 10 former OSH locations in California. Those that have already opened are in Napa, Moraga, Capitola and Berkeley.

A former OSH in San Jose, the birthplace of the hardware chain, will also reopen under its new moniker later this month. OSH started in 1931 as a cooperative owned by 30 fruit and nut farmers who joined forces to buy farm supplies. Its first store was at 44 Vine St. in San Jose.

The cooperative members sold the business to W.R. Grace and Co. in 1978, who later sold OSH to Wickes Companies in 1986. Three years later, Wickes sold the company to its managers.

Sears bought OSH in 1996 and spun it off as a public company in 2012. At the time OSH filed for bankruptcy in 2013, it was $230 million in debt. OSH closed all of its stores in 2018.

No plans have been announced for the former OSH in San Carlos. The OSH in south Palo Alto at 2555 Charleston Road is now an ACE Hardware.

2 Comments

  1. I am thrilled that a non big-box hardware store may come back to the OSH location in RWC.

    But it wasn’t SEARS who bought and then closed OSH, It was LOWES. I felt they deliberately closed stores that presented competition to their other big box stores.

  2. Yes was a sad day when Lowes remodeled all
    The OSH stores in bay area. Then new cfo or upper nee mgr. decided wasnt a good fit for Lowes, they had really made them nice… Anyone heard if they might open in Millbrae again?? Heard SF water department put it out for Lease as they are the owners of the property in the building now

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