About Us

With over 100 years of experience serving the Worcester area, the team at Barrows Hardware knows that exceptional service never goes out of style.

As a local, independently-owned store, we are committed to giving our customers the personalized attention that you simply can’t find in larger chain stores. When you visit Barrows, our staff of trained professionals is ready to help you tackle projects large and small. You’ll leave with the superior quality products and expert advice that you need to make your project a success. Plus, we bet you’ll have a good time!

Our expanded, state-of-the-art store is full of ideas and inspiration for your next improvement project or repair. You’ll find aisle after aisle stocked with products like DEWALT tools, Schlage door hardware, and premium Benjamin Moore® paints and coatings. From power tools to garden supplies to hard-to-find refurbished parts, we stock the items that keep Worcester running.

Come on in and find out why we’ve been voted Worcester’s Best Hardware store for the past 15 years!

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The Barrows Difference

As a local business, we know our customers and their needs better than anyone. We carry a selection of quality products from popular brands so that you are ready for any project or repair. More than that, we know the value of expert advice, so our friendly staff is always happy to answer questions, direct you to the best tool for the job, and make your shopping trip easy and enjoyable.

Company History

Barrows Hardware is proud to be locally owned and operated since 1914. While the personalized service we provide will never change, we’re constantly evolving to offer our customers the best products and service in the Worcester area.


Irving B. Barrows, a master plumber, founds Barrows Hardware with a vision of sharing his knowledge and offering a range of useful products to his neighbors and friends.


Irving’s son Bob Barrows takes over the store, officially making the business a family affair.


Bob Barrows and his brother-in-law Gary Keefe move the store to a new building at 15 Webster Street (the store’s current location).


Bob’s son Brian Barrows joins the company. This moment marks the involvement of three generations of the Barrows family in the store’s success.


Christine Barrows joins the company as an office manager.


The Barrows family completes an expansion and retrofitting project that doubles the store’s footprint. The added space allows additional brands and products to be stocked, better serving the community.


Barrows Hardware celebrates a groundbreaking for the new expansion at the corner of Cambridge and Webster streets. The largest expansion in the company’s history, it involves removing the former Webster House Restaurant and replacing it with a new state-of-the-art building that will include nearly 20,000 square feet of new retail space, including outdoor displays and over 40 parking spaces.


Come in and see for yourself how over a century of experience helps us provide the best advice, best products, and best service in the Worcester area!

Our Team

The Barrows team is made up of knowledgeable experts who understand the Worcester area and the community’s needs. Whether you need help selecting materials for a project or advice on how to get the job done, we’re here for you. As an independently owned, family business, we value the personal relationships we form with our customers.

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