Who We Are

Robinsons Hardware

Robinsons Hardware is a Family Owned and operated business.  We have succeeded for over 135 years by focusing on give our customers the service they deserve. Robinsons was opened in 1874 by John Henry Robinson and his brother John Holden Robinson.  In its early days it was primarily a general mercantile, what we might call a General Store today.  In 1931 the name was changed to Robinsons Hardware Company. 

 

On Labor Day weekend of 1963, Norm and Marion Underwood took over ownership of the company.  Coinciding with their acquisition of the company, they added a Tay-Lo Rental Franchise making them one of the very first franchisees of what would become known as Taylor Rental in 1965. In April 1974 the business moved to their current location, a long vacant former Grant’s Department store.  Also in 1974 son Dirk left a position with Taylor Rental Corporation to work full-time for his father.  He was joined by brother Kim in 1978.  Jeff Underwood joined his father and brothers at the business in 1982. In 1996 the family also mourned the passing family matriarch, Marion Underwood.

 

In 1997 was a busy year for Robinsons.  Norm Underwood turned over control of the business to three brothers who chose to join the Ace Hardware Cooperative.  In 1998 the store underwent a major refurbishment complete, including major reconstruction of the entrance and exit area, new lighting and vastly improved merchandising.  This renovation, which was encouraged by Ace, was key to rejuvenating the business.

2000 saw the passing of Norm Underwood.  It seemed as if all of Hudson mourned the loss.

 

In 2003 the brothers again expanded the business by adding a second location in Framingham and in 2006 added rental at the Framingham store.

Independent We Stand
We are very proud to be a retailer of the STIHL product line. As an independent Dealer, we can provide many services that the big box chain stores just can't match. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always ready to help you select the equipment that meets your specific needs. We can offer fast, professional service for your STIHL equipment after the sale. Your equipment comes fully assembled and ready to use, and our staff can give you in-store safety and operating demonstrations so that you can get started on your tasks as soon as you get home.

In support of independent retail stores across that country, STIHL is a proud sponsor of Independent We Stand - a nationwide movement supporting independently owned businesses and the role they serve in local economies. You can continue to support the cause by shopping at your area's locally owned businesses, including your neighborhood independent STIHL Dealer.

Stihl products are not returnable but are covered by Stihl's warranty which we back up with the area's best Service Department that is led by the area's only Stihl Gold Certified Technician.