Another “ALL GONE” but with a happy ending

Toffeletti’s Hardware was a special sort of store. It certainly was not your super-center Hardware store ala Home Depot or Lowes but you could pretty much get whatever you needed and lots of friendly advice about your repair needs at the same time. My father-in-law took me there on my first visit to Ocala and explained to me that the folks there came from the same part of Italy as his parents. We visited that store almost every time I came to Ocala for a visit. As time marched on the store fell on hard times and eventually closed leaving a beautiful building to decay and a faithful following to find new sources of help. (I personally believe that a¬†heightened¬†crime rate in the area played a major part in the downfall. That’s another story.)

The Toffeletti Hardware Store building

The Toffeletti Hardware Store building

The building sat empty and for sale for a number of years.

Toffeletti's Hardware

Toffeletti’s Hardware

Eventually the building was razed and the empy lot took on the appearance of a small park.

Former site of Toffeletti's Hardware

Former site of Toffeletti’s Hardware

And here’s the site today. It’s now been put to use as a parking area for a business that has located in the part of town, providing much needed employment for a number of people.

Site of the former Toffeletti's Hardware Store - now a parking lot provided by the City of Ocala as part of an incentive package for a Call Center business which has recently located in that part of town.

Site of the former Toffeletti’s Hardware Store – now a parking lot provided by the City of Ocala as part of an incentive package for a Call Center business which has recently located in that part of town.