Old back al­ley hard­ware store in Cedar­town bought by Hub­bard

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Ed­i­tor

The old Cedar­town Hard­ware Store on the back al­ley be­hind Main Street could soon have a sec­ond life af­ter lo­cal busi­ness owner and city com­mis­sioner Jor­dan Hub­bard has bought it up.

Hub­bard, who owns sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses and store­fronts via J. Hub­bard En­ter­prises in­clud­ing Ideal Bak­ery, said he’s com­ing up with sev­eral ideas for what to do with the old tin-sided hard­ware store.

“The legacy that Jerry Jef­fries left on our com­mu­nity needs to be kept alive,” said Hub­bard. “I’m not en­tirely sure what I want to do yet, but see­ing that build­ing and prop­erty sit va­cant isn’t right. It wasn’t what it needed to be.”

He’s throw­ing around sev­eral ideas for what to do with the old hard­ware store. Chief among them in his mind is to have a ware­house-style wed­ding venue, us­ing the back area and some ad­ja­cent space that came with it as a mixed-use, in­door-out­door fa­cil­ity.

“I’m gaug­ing the in­ter­est level for that idea, and so far the level is pretty good,” he said.

Hub­bard bought the prop­erty back in Au­gust with the in­ten­tion of at the very least mak­ing a num­ber of ren­o­va­tions within the old hard­ware store, but he said no mat­ter what it be­comes his in­ten­tion is to keep the store’s in­te­rior and ex­te­rior char­ac­ter in mind when mak­ing de­sign de­ci­sions and up­grades.

Those changes are likely off in the far fu­ture, since Hub­bard ad­mits he has plenty to keep him busy. With some help, he con­tin­ues to op­er­ate Stu­dio Fit and Ideal Bak­ery on Main Street, is a land­lord for sev­eral busi­nesses and res­i­dences around town, and is also a teacher.

Hub­bard is also seek­ing a sec­ond term as one of four can­di­dates in the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion for the Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion.

“I’ve got a lot go­ing on, so this is a project that will be on­go­ing for a while,” he said.

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