Contact Info

485 Hope Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06906Phone: 203.327.0460
Fax: 203.327.2210


In 1926, Karp’s Hardware was founded by Harry Karp. The store moved twice through the difficult years of the thirties, finding success at 328 Atlantic Street. Harry Karp and his brother Isadore ran the store through the forties. In 1947, Rudy Herz joined the Company, and in 1950, Harry’s son-in-law, Hy Fogel, came on board. Harry Karp retired in 1965. Hy Fogel took over as president of the company with Rudy and Isadore as partners.

In 1967, Karp’s was a small but aggressive, upcoming company. Hy saw that he needed some assistance breaking into the Stamford market. Therefore, he joined American Hardware Company - later called ServiStar. He chose this co-op over some others because he saw in them the same dedication to hard, honest work that would lead to future successes for the store. Furthermore, he realized that in the changing world of retail, a small store needed the help of a larger buying base. Karp’s continued to grow through the sixties and seventies due to its strong desire and effort to meet the needs and requests of its customers.

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