A coda for classic hardware store

Downtown Cloquet shop will close this spring; building sold


February 19, 2021

Jana Peterson

The Wood City Lights & Hardware building has been sold and the business will fold this spring. The everything-hardware store has been an institution in Cloquet for nearly 50 years.

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,...

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