McAuliffe’s was founded in 1920 by Jerry and John McAuliffe and has continuously operated in Marysville ever since. The McAuliffe Brothers first location was a small shop on South Main that they rented for $9 a month, with the understanding that if they could remain in business for 11 months, the 12th month would be free. In the early years, McAuliffe Bros. was primarily a plumbing & heating contractor, with John McAuliffe running the sales and Jerry McAuliffe managing the installations. John remained with the company until his death in 1957. Jerry was active in the company until his retirement in the late 1960’s. Neither Jerry nor John had any children, but in 1947 they invited their nephew, Larry Fitzgerald into the company. Larry was responsible for transforming the company into a retail hardware operation and moving the company location to North Main St. where McAuliffe’s served the Marysville community from 1964 to 1995.
McAuliffe’s is now managed by a third generation of owners, Larry’s sons Dan and Jim. In 1995 Dan and Jim Fitzgerald moved McAuliffe’s to its present location on West Fifth St. From the present location the brothers operate McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware and McAuliffe’s Industrial.
McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware offers a large inventory of hardware, tools, plumbing, electrical and paint products. We also feature a large gift and seasonal selection as well as a complete lawn & garden and outdoor nursery. To help you complete all your projects, McAuliffe’s has a full rental department with everything from tools to tents. At McAuliffe’s we like to think that we are more than your average hardware store.
Providing local needs has led to our most recent addition, McAuliffe’s Industrial managed by Jim Fitzgerald. Our industrial customers have very different needs from our retail customers, but we feel that as a locally owned family business, we are uniquely positioned to work with all of our customers.
Though McAuliffe’s has continued to evolve for the past 97 years, the one consistent feature of the company has been good employees. McAuliffe’s has enjoyed a core group of good people who have worked for the company for many years. While one employee stayed with us for 52 years before his retirement, several have been with the company for more than a decade. We feel that this type of loyalty by so many of our Associates is a big reason why we are able to be the most helpful place in town. We know that our best asset is helpful employees, so we do our best to keep good people working for us who care about our customers. We also understand that one of our strengths is the ability to quickly respond to local needs. Having local owners who are involved in the everyday management of the store enables us to do just that. We have always felt that by living in Marysville and making our business decisions locally, we could better serve the Marysville Community.
In the future, McAuliffe’s will continue strengthening their relationship with Marysville. Our growth has always depended upon our local market and upon what Marysville has wanted us to be. We have always felt very blessed to be in Marysville, and we want to stay right here for years to come.