At the end of “Main Street Business Anchors, Part I: Hardware on Main Street” (Townsman Sept. 6, 2012, page 9), Tom Adams laments that one has to drive to North Andover or Methuen to get to a hardware store.
Another option, is Andover Hardware at 206 Andover St. in Ballardvale, on the west side of the Shawsheen River.
Andover Hardware is completely invisible on the weekends, when it is closed. I lived in Ballardvale for years before a neighbor told me about it.
Peter Traneus Anderson
42 River St.