NYSSA — It is now open. Nyssa has a hardware store again with the start up of Nyssa Mercantile True Value Hardware, located in the middle of the 100 block, on the south side of Main Street.
The business had a soft opening on Aug. 22, as there was still a learning curve with the computer system, owner Liz Haun said, and merchandise is still being brought in. The celebratory grand opening is planned for November, she said.
“Everybody is happy to see a hardware store back,” Haun said in an interview on Tuesday.
Her parents Steve and Robin Haun had operated a hardware store at the same location from 2001 to 2008, and closed it due to construction project. Liz Haun operated a dance studio their from 2009 to 2016.
For now, Liz and Robin are the two full-time employees at the new business. There are also four part-time employees, Liz Haun said, with two more full-time employees to be added later.
Hours of the store after Labor Day will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.
“It will be close Sundays until spring,” Haun said, when Sunday hours will be started.
When asked why she decided to open the storre, she said “because Nyssa needed it. This is the family business. I want something to do for my community.”
Haun has received assistance from the Treasure Valley Community/Small Business Development Center and Malheur County Economic Development.
The hardware store is next door to another Haun business, the Thunderegg Coffee Company, which is owned by her brother, Chris Haun.
But that is not all that is coming. Steve and Robin Haun bought the property immediately behind the hardware store and have begun the process of opening a garden center, which will happen in October, Robin Haun said. It will be located at 118 Good Avenue.