Hanneke Hardware Closing Affton Store After Lease Dispute

A liquidation sale will begin on Thursday, and the store will close by April 1.

on Gravois has lost its lease and will close by the end of the month, according to the owners.

“We were a subtenant of Walgreens, and unfortunately Walgreens’ lease expires at the end of the month with the landlord, and the landlord and I could not come to economic terms in order to stay there,” said Michael Grewe, Vice President of Sales and Land Acquisition at GJ Grewe Commercial Real Estate, whose wife Christine Kantis-Grewe bought the store last year.

According to Ian Gunn, manager of Hanneke’s store on Southwest Avenue, the owner of the space at 10042 Gravois Rd. wanted to double the business’s rent to continue the lease.

“They were not being very kind about that,” Gunn said. “There wasn’t anything we could really do.”

The St. Louis County website lists the building’s owner as Community Bank Of Raymore, with John T. Archer as trustee.

Hanneke’s lease expires on April 1. The store will be having a liquidation sale on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week, and again on the same days next week: March 22 through 25. The store will be closed through this Wednesday.

The news was announced Monday on Hanneke’s Facebook page in a message from Kantis-Grewe. The post also said Hanneke would be searching for a new spot to set down.

“We are feverishly looking for alternative sites and hope to be announcing our new retail location within the next 60 days,” Kantis-Grewe wrote.

But according to Executive Director Joan Edleson, finding a suitable space large enough in Affton may be impossible.

“That building is already half empty,” Edleson said. “It’s really a bummer.”

Patch readers on Facebook reacted with similar dismay.

“Yes, they will be missed, not only were they a good hardware store, now Affton has another empty store,” wrote Don Holstein.

“We have shopped there for years,” wrote Linda Bigogno. “Jill helped us design our new kitchen last year.”

“Very sad, and once again another small business loses to this horrible economy,” lamented

Hanneke was founded in 1927 as a neighborhood hardware store. They moved into this latest Affton location five years ago. They also had a previous location in Affton on Gravois near Bob’s Liquor.

Dorinda Marino March 13, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I agree to both Joan and Brian. The trustee from Raymore, MO needs to come up here to Affton and see for themselves that they are making a grave mistake. I think that Franks Nursery's old spot would be great place for a hardware store as also the old pet store in Yorkshire plaza.
Barbara Gianino March 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I smell a rat, like a TIF rat, coming from Raymore.
dk March 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
the old weekends furniture building on Gravois?
Joan Edleson March 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Disabled American Veterans obtained a zoning change for the old Weekends Only store so they could put a thrift store there and I went by it yesterday and it looks like they are almost done moving in. That would have been a great spot if only we knew that several months ago. Hanneke was sold last July or August to theses new owners.
Brian Schaffer March 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Is the old Joanne's Fabric store a possibility? Good visibility, but parking lot and traffic entry/exit pattern is kind of bad though.


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