Roger Peets, Jamy Begor, Norma Begor, Daniel Taber and Larry Begor at their Route 11 store.
If you want to go where everybody knows your name, the place to go is Begor’s Supply hardware store in Mooers.
When you walk into Begor’s they’ll greet you by name if you’re a regular, and will get to know you if you’re a first time customer. It’s that personal service, and a well stocked and growing inventory, that has helped Begor’s grow from a small cinder-block building 24 years ago to the sprawling store and sales yard it is today.
“We have had a lot of great local support right from the start,” said Norma Begor. “We’ve met some really nice people over the years.”
Begor’s was a family affair from the very beginning. Larry Begor was working as a salesman in 1989, and was on the road a lot. In his travels, he came across a family hardware store in Vermont. He and his wife Norma thought that they could possibly open something similar in a small vacant building they had next to their house. At around that same time, their son Jamy was graduating from college with a business degree, and he decided that he would make the business his career as well.
Begor’s has everything you would find at a well stocked hardware store, plus items you might not expect like space heaters, pumps, propane, lawn and garden needs, pet food, feed, and carpet cleaners. A veritable wall of wood pellets commands the front yard in preparation for the winter heating season. In recent years they have expanded into excavating supplies such as culvert pipes, drainage and leech field pipes, and septic tanks.
Don’t try to carry a bag of dog food out to your car while you’re at Begor’s, because they take pride in loading your car or truck for you. They also deliver their bigger items, like excavating supplies or wood pellets to customers up to 100 miles away.
One thing Begor’s likes to do is to give back to the customers who have supported them over the years. A big event on their calendar is a yearly visit from Santa before Christmas. Last year cars filled the parking lot and lined Route 11, and the line for pictures with Santa was the length of the store.
Another event is their upcoming customer appreciation day, on Oct. 19. Coffee and donuts are on the menu, and door prizes are in the offing for Begor’s loyal customers.
“It’s our day to give back,” said Jamy. “The people of Mooers are there for each other. Everybody knows everybody in Mooers.”
Jamy is considering more expansion at their current location, including a drive-through pole-barn, so items can be loaded in inclement weather. But as Begor’s continues to grow, their dedication to personal service and quality will surely remain the same.