110 E. Walnut Street - Oglesby, Illinois 61348  ·  Phone: 815-883-3389

Downtown hardware store now open

October 27, 2013 by City Clerk  
Filed under From the Mayor's Desk

John Jr. and Pam Senica recently opened a hardware store in downtown Oglesby.

John Jr. and Pam Senica recently opened a hardware store in downtown Oglesby.

Oglesby residents have long pestered John Senica Jr.–a local Illinois-licensed plumber with his own plumbing, heating and appliance company–to open a hardware store in town.

John Jr. info box

“People were always asking John if he’d go into the hardware business,” said Pam Senica, John’s wife and partner in business. “They’d say ‘Oglesby needs a hardware store.’ We’d hear it every day, ‘We’re tired of going across the river (to La Salle-Peru).’ ”But in John Jr.’s True Value–Oglesby’s newest small business which just opened this October–residents may have got more than they bargained for.

The selection of wares might keep them on this side of the river more than they imagined.

Aside from a vast selection of home-improvement-related equipment and supplies, the aisles of John Jr.’s are stocked with wares as varied as the needs of their customers. From drill bits to dog treats, grills to garbage cans, buckets of paint to bird houses, power tools to Christmas trees and toys–even major appliances–this small-town hardware store offers a big alternative to shopping the faraway chain stores.

The building is also the new home base to the Senicas’ original business, John Senica Jr. Plumbing and Heating.

“John’s out there doing the rest of it, and I’m in here running the store,” Pam said.

“It gives me something to do,” she smiles.

That John Jr’s is meeting a need in the community may already be evident.

“We get busy first thing in the morning, then it’s a constant in and out (of customers)” Pam said. “Some customers have been in and out a lot already–that’s good!”

John Jr.'s True Value

From drill bits to dog treats, grills to garbage cans, buckets of paint to bird houses, power tools to Christmas trees and toys--even major appliances--this small-town hardware store offers a big alternative to shopping the faraway chain stores.