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Iconic Dallas hardware store relocates to hot Design District 'hood

Iconic Dallas hardware store relocates to hot Design District 'hood

Elliott's Hardware, John Cornyn
Elliott's Hardware is a Dallas institution that draws the likes of Sen. John Cornyn. Photo courtesy of John Cornyn

Uprooted once already, the original Elliott's Hardware is on the move again, migrating in April to a bigger location in the Dallas Design District. The local hardware institution has been at its current address on Denton Drive since 2010, where it moved after selling its location at 4901 Maple Ave. to Kroger.

At the time, Elliott's said it needed a smaller space, and positioned itself in that manner as a "small building, serious inventory, great people."

But its location on Denton Drive is about to be turned into a mixed-use development with retail and apartments. Neighboring restaurant Herrera's Tex-Mex is also getting the boot; Herrera's owner Gil Bonifaz is looking for another location in the Love Field area, while simultaneously opening a new branch at the Omni Dallas hotel in downtown Dallas.

Elliott's new location at 1331 Inwood Rd. is about two miles from Denton Drive, but it puts the store in the thick of the Design District. It's going into a warehouse space that's been unoccupied for some time. That area was negatively impacted by construction while the Hampton Road bridge was being redone, but it's experiencing a comeback with the addition of stores such as Zeus Comics.

Spokeswoman Andrea Spencer says that they're grateful for the opportunity to move to a bigger location and are glad to be in the Design District. "We felt it's important to stay close to our roots near Maple Avenue and the Medical and Design Districts," she says.

Elliott's was founded in 1947 and had been at 4901 Maple since 1984. It also has branches in Plano, Mesquite, and Casa Linda, which opened in December 2014. The Elliott family sold in 2012 to Central Network Retail Group, a Memphis-based company that owns home centers and hardware stores.