Hatmakers Plumbing Supply open in East Perry Plaza
Keith and Kim Hatmaker have a simple philosophy when it comes to their new business.
“If we keep business in town, keep local money here and then save money at the same time, it makes good sense,” Keith said.
The pair opened Hatmakers Plumbing Supply on Sept. 3 at 1004 26th St. in the East Perry Plaza.
Keith has been in the plumbing, air conditioning and electrical business for 30 years. Those years were spent doing service in the field. He also ran a wholesale company in California.
The Hatmakers had family in Iowa, so they moved back from California. They decided to locate in Perry and started talking about opening up their own shop.
“We were just talking one day and saying it would be nice to open up a store. Not just a wholesale, but just a store where people could come in and buy stuff and save money,” Keith said.
“We started researching what does Perry need. There’s not really a plumbing store here,” Kim said.
Keith added that their goal is to save people money on their plumbing needs. The bigger box stores, he said, aren’t as cheap as people think.
Hatmakers offers toilet, faucet and sink repair parts. They also offer electrical and some heating and air conditioning materials. The electrical and HVAC areas are ones where Keith would like to expand in for the future.
“We have a wide spectrum of products,” he said.
The shelves, which he built by hand, are about 40 percent stocked at the moment. More will be coming in now that the doors are open.
The store offers parts and equipment for area contractors, as well as homeowners.
The store is able to give contractor pricing, which Keith said is better than the wholesale company pricing. Locating in East Perry Plaza near Stokely Lumber was one of the factors that went into the business location.
Keith added that the store also offers products for homeowners.
“The homeowners are going to be able to come in here and get very fair pricing and help if they need it,” he said.
If the homeowner gets stuck, Keith said he will do his best to answer any questions the homeowner may have.
“Customer service is what it’s all about,” he said.
Kim was quick to point out that they will not be offering service work in the store. Keith can take a look at something a customer brings from home, but he will be based in the store instead of in the field.
Keith has been reaching out to area plumbers, as well as apartment complexes and hospitals.
“I want to let them know they have a source in town. No need to go to Des Moines any more,” he said.
Hatmakers Plumbing and Supply is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.
A ribbon cutting for the business will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 by the Perry Chamber of Commerce.