1937, the company was reorganized and incorporated. At this time,
William sold his interest to the children of Charles, and they became
the sole owners and stockholders of Jones Hardware Company. Robert B.
Jones eventually assumed presidency of the corporation. While remaining
in the retail hardware business, the company grew into a large wholesale
hardware distributor with sales encompassing several surrounding
counties. Also at this time, a department selling major appliances was
added to the store. The active members of the of the Jones family who
were involved in the business were: Robert B. Jones, President; Charles
E. Jones, Jr., Vice President; Francis B. Jones, Secretary-Treasurer and
Manager of the Appliance Department, and William B. Jones, Director and
Department Manager. Other members of the family, while remaining
stockholders, left the business to pursue careers of their own.
1964, after the untimely death of Francis B. Jones, his son Thomas
assumed duties as head of the Appliance Department and
Secretary-Treasurer of the corporation.
In 1972, after the untimely death of Patrick Jones, Robert F. Jones assumed the office of Vice President along with that of Secretary. Realizing that the wholesale hardware business was being taken over by the large dealer-owned cooperatives, the management shifted their attention to the retail side of the business. In this period, while watching the influx of mass merchants and new shopping malls spring up around itself, the management of Jones Hardware felt the need to expand the retail business by moving into the outskirts of town. Seeing the exciting growth of the do-it-yourself market during this period, the decision was made to open the Shamokin areas first full-featured Home Center.
1978, Jones Hardware Company purchased the old Acme market building on
Route 61 South of Shamokin. The building was fully renovated and new
lines of kitchens, building materials, lumber and floor coverings, were
added. The Company continues to operate the 20,000 square foot Home
Center along with its retail store in downtown Shamokin.
In October,1990, Jones Hardware built a three bay lumber shed and a roofing materials structure. Being able to store concrete, 2x4's, plywood, insulation, shingles, and more under roof was the key to their success. Contractors started flooding the store and business in the building materials industry flourished. Soon a fleet of delivery trucks were added to accommodate the need for deliveries. The business started hosting live demos for how to projects and business with DIYer's sky rocketed, right along side the business to contractors. As a more diverse group of customers frequented the store, more and more people showed an interest in buying carpet and vinyl. So a new pole barn like structures was erected to make room for rolls of flooring goods.
During the early 1990's, Jones Hardware started selling and installing flooring. The flooring department was located in the deli section of the old Acme building along Rt. 61. This seemed to be a win win for the company. Selling everything besides milk and bread, flooring sales helped round out the full line of products the company was selling. Having as many as four installers, Jones Hardware held a large market share in the community of selling and installing flooring goods. Carpet, vinyl, and hardwood floors were the company's main staple.
In 1996, Robert F. Jones was elected County Commissioner of Northumberland. He believed that his views on being a strong fiscal conservative, he could help benefit the County and the citizens he served. During his time as Commissioner, he was proud to help resolve the congestion that took place at the old Cameron Bridge. He helped petition state officials to resolve the traffic issues and build a new bridge. The bridge was built and he was proud to have a hand in the improved access to Shamokin, which he knew would benefit all local businesses. Being a Commissioner he observed how hard the people of our area work. Those hard working employees he had in the hardware business were going to help Jones Hardware win the ultimate award at the time for an Ace Hardware dealer.
the fall of 1997, Jones ACE Home Center won the ACE Hardware's President’s Cup.
The most prestigious award given by ACE Hardware to its dealers.
In 1999, Jones Hardware acquired its 3rd location in Herndon, PA. Robert's son, Robert B. Jones, became manager of the Herndon location upon graduating from college with a business degree. Jones Hardware acquired the hardware store formally known as Meckley's Farm Supply. This store continued to grow and expand selling hardware and lumber, but the addition of joining the Agway Cooperative made this store thrive in the rural community of where it is located. Robert F Jones realized that by adding a 3rd store Jones Hardware would have unprecedented buying power. Being able to buy bulk quantities and split merchandise to all three stores would help the company buy right to sell right. The next few years were very productive for Jones Hardware.
Then Sept 11th, 2001 sent the local community into a severe depression. But thankfully the hard work that previous generations put into the business built a strong foundation for the company, which is why Jones Hardware continued on during these times of uncertainty for the community. As father, wife and son worked together side by side in the business during these trying times, the economy finally started to improve and Jones Hardware continued serving the community at a productive and profitable pace.
March 2014, Robert F Jones continued working up until the day he passed away. On March 12, 2014 the untimely passing of Robert F. Jones was just one month before his 74th birthday, Robert passed away at the age of 73 leaving behind a legacy of hardware stores and community service. Robert made sure Jones Hardware was built on a strong foundation of ethics and hard work. Jones Hardware will continue on and remain in the family. Amazingly less than 1/2 of 1% of businesses make it to the 4th generation. Jones Hardware Co. will be celebrating its 100th birthday in the year 2015 and there are no such words that can describe the sweat and tears the Jones family (men and women) and employees over the years put into the hardware business.
In May of 2015, Jones Hardware Company 4 generations old, will celebrate its 100th birthday. Thanks to Charles, his family, customers, and employees that made this business very successful!!
FACTS AND PHOTOS BELOW
Find out why the picture on the left of the EDISON bulb, designed by Thomas Edison, has strong ties with Jones Hardware and the Jones Hardware building at115 east Independence St. Shamokin, PA 17872. He used this building in the 1882 as a workshop to help develop electric bulbs. Most notably, Thomas Edison, briefly a resident of Sunbury, established the Edison Illuminating Company of Shamokin in the fall of 1882. Operation of the Shamokin station located at the current Independence Street site of Jones Hardware Company on September 22, 1883, at which time St. Edward's Catholic Church became the first church in the world to have electric lighting and Sunbury had first street lights of anywhere in the world.