Renfrow Hardware Store

Are you in need of a break from the busy city life but don’t have time to visit your local countryside? Then the city of Matthew is the right place for you. Located just outside of Charlotte NC, Matthew is rich in culture and full of history. When you visit the city of Matthew make sure you stop by Renfrow Hardware for some good old fashion southern hospitality.

Stepping into Renfrow is like falling into the pages of a history book. Listen to the floorboards creek as you walk, crickets and baby chicks chirp as you meander and lose yourself in the trinkets and gadgets.  Don’t forget to pop the top off a cold soda!

Originally open in 1900 as cotton gin by Thomas Jefferson “Captain” Renfrow, a mining engineer after the Civil War (no relation to the third president of the United States) Renfrow Hardware is a genuine American culture icon. The gin eventually stop ginning cotton as the business expanded and started to sell seeds, fertilizer, groceries, hardware and etc. The store remained in the Renfrow family until it sold in 1984 to Charlotte native and family friend, David Blackley.

Blackley continues run Renfrow as it serves the needs of the community by offering gardening and horticulture. Renfrow also has a greenhouse that provides the community with fresh plants and vegetables unlike major chain hardware stores.

Located at 188 North Trade Street Matthews, NC 28105 Renfrow is open Wednesday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. For more information visit their website at