LACIE SILVA – Editor
Steeped in history and tradition, Hammer’s stands as a testament to enduring family dedication and unwavering community support across seven cities in two different states.
Founded in 1942 by A. B. Hammer Sr., the business has evolved significantly while retaining its roots as a vital part of the South Pittsburg community. Over the years, Hammer’s expanded across southern states, an enterprise that grew as the family extended its reach.
One of the family business locations found its home in South Pittsburg in 1964 when Michael Hall’s parents established the storefront, passing down the tradition from his mother’s side of the family. Continuing the legacy, Hall, a second-generation Hammer, actively manages the business. His involvement, together with the committed contributions of multiple generations—ranging from the second to the fourth—sustains the operation of all Hammer’s storefronts.
Through the various economic challenges and shifts, Hammer’s has weathered the storm, remaining an enduring fixture in the community. The store holds a special place in the memories of long-standing customers who fondly recount experiences of shopping with their grandparents and even playing in the front window’s display area with cousins and siblings.
Strategically located just off the interstate, Hammer’s garners a considerable amount of traveler revenue, particularly when I-75 was positioned close to their store several decades ago. Adjusting its inventory over time, Hammer’s has tailored its offerings to meet the evolving needs and tastes of the community. Previously known for selling fine china, toys, and motor oil, the store now predominantly offers clothing and artificial flowers, featuring quality items at reasonable prices.
Focusing on delivering what the public desires at competitive prices, Hammer’s prioritizes men’s name-brand working outerwear, while women’s seasonal clothing and fashion items are stocked based on demand and availability. Hall, who grew up around the store, witnessed its evolution and continues to be committed to the business. For him, working at Hammer’s is both personally rewarding and deeply fulfilling.
Hall is excited about the store’s future and the legacy it will carry forward. Expressing hope for the family tradition to continue, Hall’s eldest niece has expressed an interest in learning the ropes of the family business. Hall is optimistic that she will be an integral part of the store within the next five years, ensuring that the legacy of Hammer’s lives on for generations to come.
Hammer’s has locations in Ft. Payne and Scottsboro AL, as well as in Winchester, Clinton, Wartsburg, South Pittsburg, and Sevierville, TN. The South Pittsburg location’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. You can keep up with the store on their Facebook page and call (423) 837-7396 for more information.
The Marion Tribune – November 9, 2023