If you remember my blog from the other day, I wrote about the great customer service that I found at Dickson Home Hardware. Well, just recently Brandon (one of the great guys at the hardware store) was over at my house doing some minor repairs on my BBQ when he noticed that the cookbox was warped. As a direct result, the grills were sitting lower into the bottom of the BBQ than they should have been. Brandon said he would go back to the hardware store to order a new cook box for me, but I was a little shocked as I wasn’t expecting to shell out the money for a major repair or a new part. Naturally, I hesitated a bit as this would be pretty costly.
When Brandon sensed my hesitation, he told me not to worry since the Broil King Brand has a 25 year warranty on the cook box. I couldn’t believe it since my BBQ was over 9 years old! When the BBQ part arrived, I was pretty surprised to discover that they had sent me an entirely new BBQ with everything except the stand. Not only did Broil King stand behind their product, but they also exceeded my expectations and provided me with an outstanding customer service experience. In this day and age when most companies don’t take customers seriously, this was a pleasant turn of events that shot their customer service levels through the roof. Not to mention, they do make a great product that keeps their customers coming back!
585 Kumpf Drive
On Avenue Road lies a small hardware store called Dickson Home Hardware. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this shop, they have two sides to their retail business; one that is centralized around hardware and another that is centralized around BBQs. I first visited Dickson Home Hardware 5 years ago when I was buying a friend a wedding present and I had a great experience. Despite the blizzard brewing in the middle of winter, I decided that I wanted to get my friend a lawn mower for his wedding so I started checking around for prices and models. I went to some of the big box stores in the area, saw a few I liked, and asked the manager about any discounts considering the current season and weather. I was flatly declined, so I checked out some of my other options before turning to Dickson Home Hardware. When I settled on Dickson Home Hardware, I was shown a few models and when I asked about the price the owner explained to me that he was unlikely to sell very many lawn mowers in the middle of winter, so he’d be able to cut $100 off the price before I even asked about any discounts.
Aside from this interaction keeping me coming back year after year, they continue to blow me away during every return visit with their excellent level of customer service. Dickson always has the hardware I am looking for even though they are a small store, and in the BBQ section they are all amazing and knowledgeable. When I was having a problem with my BBQ recently, they tried to walk me through it on the phone; and when I was unable to resolve the problem with them on the phone, instead of frustrating me they stopped by when they were in the area to fix it. Not only did they fix it, but they identified a problem which was under warranty. They have never ceased to amaze me and I have had a positive experience with them- each and every time. This just goes to show you that bigger isn’t always better when it comes to customer service.
Dickson Home Hardware
2028 Avenue Rd.