A coda for classic hardware store
Downtown Cloquet shop will close this spring; building sold
February 19, 2021
It was the mid-1970s when the Erickson family moved their Coast to Coast Hardware store from the middle of the block to the former Raiter Hospital building at the corner of Ninth and Cloquet Avenue.
Although the names have changed - next it was Ace, then Erickson's and now Wood City Lights and Hardware - since then, the building has remained a hardware store for nearly 50 years. But not anymore. On April 30, Wood City owners Julie and John Haverkamp will hand over the keys to the building's new owners, North Star Community Services.
The store has been Julie's baby for the past seven years,...